A selection of cars from famous owners are up for auction in the Coys ‘100 Car Spectacular’ at the London Classic Car Show.
Highlights include David Beckham’s old Range Rover Sport, a 1995 Lotus Elan once owned by Prince Charles, a 1967 Vanden Plas Princess R used by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and 1960s singer (and friend of The Beatles) Cilla Black’s modified Mini.
The Beckham Range Rover is a 2007 Sport 4.2 Supercharged with Kahn styling and what is described as a ‘highly unique’ interior. Although it would have cost nigh-on £200,000 ($260,000) when new (including modifications), estimates suggest it won’t go for more than £35,000 ($45,000). Taste wins out over provenance, just…
The Lotus Elan is a 1995 M100 Series 2 and was accepted on behalf of the Prince’s Trust by Prince Charles. Aside from the Royal connection, it has Lotus-flavoured significance of its own, being the 50,000th car to leave the factory since 1948. It’s signed by all the Lotus employees from the time and was donated to the trust by former Lotus driver, Britt Ekland. It could fetch £20,000 ($26,000).
The Vanden Plas Princess R – perhaps one of the most interesting cars in the 100 Car Spectacular – is not the Austin Princess with Vanden Plas trimmings that you might be imagining. This collaboration between Rolls-Royce and BMC was quite the oddity, but it was driven by Prime Minister Harold Wilson. It’s possessed of a good history file and a new MOT. Coys estimates a sale price of up to £20,000 ($26,000).
Finally, for around £40,000 (just over $51,000) you could pick up Cilla Black’s old Mark IV Mini 1000, bought for her by Bob Willis. Owned by Black, it was upgraded by Wood & Pickett of Abbey Road, London. Additions include bigger wheelarches, Margrave leather and a walnut dash. Positively plush and befitting of Cilla.
“We have a spectacular auction which will be part of the London Classic Car Show at the Excel Centre in London next week and to have amazing cars associated with royalty, government, sport and show business is the icing on the cake,” said Chris Routledge, MD at Coys.
The auction takes place over two days at the show – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019. There’s plenty more noteworthy machinery to get bidding on, including a Porsche Carrera GT, a Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V.