It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to buy a rock star’s ride. Although, in the case of One Direction’s customised Volkswagen Crafter – up for grabs with Classic Car Auctions – you may need to play a little fast and loose with your definition of ‘rock star’.
The madness starts from a distance with this tour vehicle. That Scooby Doo-themed wrap job is the work of YouTuber and celebrity car wrapper, Yiannimize.
One Direction tour bus: a gamer’s haven
Inside, the 55-inch TV mounted up-front comes with an arsenal of games consoles and a massive sound system.
You’ll also note some more traditional luxury equipment. Under-floor heating, air conditioning and a fridge are complemented by swathes of quilted leather throughout the back of the Crafter.
There’s no missing the captain’s chairs, either. Two Bentley seats come with embroidered ‘LT’ and ‘ZJM’ logos, just in case 1D’s Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik ever forgot where to sit.
The sensible stuff…
Customisation aside, it’s still a van with a diesel engine that needs servicing and a requirement for an MOT. Happily, having covered just 4,200 miles, this Crafter has led a relatively sheltered existence. Part-service history and an MOT until June 2020 leave little to worry about.
The custom electronics and hastily-installed luxuries might not stand the test of time quite so easily, mind. The Crafter scores 102 out of 135 in CCA’s 27-point condition report, achieving mostly four and five stars. The only item given three stars is the service history. That would be concerning on a 1960s Maserati perhaps, but it’s less of a worry on a diesel van.
One Direction might have been a bit ambitious with titles like ‘The Best Song Ever’ for their music, but they certainly don’t scrimp when it comes to custom transport.
The best of the rest
Of course, it’s not all about One Direction’s customised van. CCA’s 3 August sale will also see Cilla Black’s coachbuilt Mini and a replica royal Range Rover go across the block.
“We have really got some cracking lots for our auction in a few weeks time,” said Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager.
“Again we have been chosen to auction some very significant cars from the world of entertainment and they will certainly have loads of interest.”