A Range Rover which George Michael famously crashed into a branch of Snappy Snaps has gone on sale on eBay.
The V8 L322 shape Range Rover from 2002 has attracted 130 bids so far – and looks set to break the £50,000 barrier. When new, it would have cost around £60,000 before options.
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The advert for the 4×4 explains that it’s had three owners from new. The first was believed to be George Michael’s dad, before it was passed onto the singer. The current owner says it’s been kept in storage since he bought it from Michael’s Highgate home in North London in 2015.
It’s described as being in ‘good [but] used condition’, with a few scratches believed to have been left from the Snappy Snaps incident. The crash happened when Michael was driving while under the influence of drugs in July 2010, and led to him being jailed for eight weeks and given a five-year driving ban.
At the time, the star apologised to the manager of the Hampstead branch of Snappy Snaps saying: “I’m genuinely and sincerely sorry for smashing into your shop.”
Michael was no stranger to road incidents, having collided with a lorry in another Range Rover in 2009 – while in 2013 he was treated for head injuries after falling from a moving car while on the M1 in Hertfordshire.
The auction for the Range Rover, which is located in St Johns Wood in London, ends on Saturday evening and could go for considerably more than its current bid of £49,600. With less than 80,000 miles on the clock, the SUV has covered slightly more than 5,000 miles a year – well below average.
Range Rovers of this age usually sell for around £6,000 with many concerned about their high running costs and reputation for unreliability.