There has always been a large audience of collectors for celebrity memorabilia. Increasingly, this now appears to be extending into the car market, with a range of celebrities’ vehicles recently having been offered for sale. This includes Arthur Daley’s 1981 Daimler Sovereign, unseen in public for more than a decade. It was a 4.2 Series III, noted for a fluted grille and rubber bumpers (amongst much else). It transported a certain Mr Daley and sidekick Terry to many a dodgy deal. Luckily, he wasn’t selling the motor himself!
Five celebrities and their cars – plus a genuine oddity
Over the years, many of the famous have offloaded their wheels. Here are just five of those offered for sale in the recent past…
• Let’s start with a yellow 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, bought as new by a Mr Rod Stewart who went on to sell it five years later. There’s been a lot of restoration work completed on the car, and it certainly wasn’t a case of a “star in a reasonably priced car” unless you are lucky enough to find nine hundred thousand reasonable. Certainly not a purchase for using easy finance terms!
• Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5, first purchased when the Fab Four were at their peak, and then refitted with a personal dash-mounted record player, went for just over £300K. Incidentally, a few years before, George Harrison’s reportedly fetched just under that mark
• Only thirty-five of the legendary 1953 Siata 208S models were ever produced. One owned by the king of cool that was Steve McQueen was offered for auction
• Sadly, Elvis might have left the building but his custom-converted Cadillac Estate Wagon is still with us and was resold. Apparently, it started out in life as a 1972 Sedan Deville and was then converted to better suit its famous owner
• The last example is the final car ever owned by Bette Davis. She was over seventy when she personally bought this 1980 Black Ford Mustang. The reason given to prove that this was a genuine “celebrity” sale? Her cigarette burn marks were still all over the carpet!
• Even some truly quirky options have come to the market. You might have to be a true Eastenders fanatic to want to be the proud owner of the milk float, often seen trundling around Albert Square from 1985 onwards, but it did come up for sale
More to come?
If you would love to become a future owner of a celebrity’s wheels, it’s worth watching out for possible news stories. The Ferrari Dino owned by Keith Richards has recently been sold. John Prescott has also said that he’s selling fifty percent of his total stock of two Jags. However, it’s fair to say that the price paid sometimes reflects the fame of the owner. For example, a Land Rover owned by Churchill achieved more than double its £60K sales expectation. One owned by a member of the public would likely reach just £20K!