Famous wheels go under the hammer

Last updated 09:36 11/01/2013

Only Fools and Horses: The classic Capri from the classic TV show is going under the hammer in the UK this weekend.

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Freddy Mercury's low-milage Roller and a Capri that once featured in 'Only Fools and Horses' are in the catalogue for the latest Coys car auction in the UK on Saturday.

Rock and roll superstar Freddie Mercury's Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is to be sold by international auctioneers Coys in the Autosport International show at the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham, on Saturday.

The 1973 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was bought for Freddie Mercury's personal use by his managing company Goose Productions in 1979 and could sell for as little as $NZ20,000. 

The car was last used for the premiere of the Queen musical ‘We will Rock you’ in 2002, and has covered minimal mileage since – it even comes with current MoT (Warrant of Fitness) though it's only valid until next month.

This piece of Queen and rock history was one of first Rolls-Royce models to use a monocoque chassis and also to introduce many new features such as disc brakes and independent rear suspension. Freddie used his Silver Shadow until his death in November 1991 and it has remained with his family ever since.

Also featuring in the sale is a 1980 Ford Capri S from BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’ which is estimated to reach NZ$40,000 to NZ$50,000 under the hammer. The car is exactly as seen on television with the garish green paintwork, tiger fur interior and pink aerials.

Coys will also be auctioning probably the best Allard J2 competition car coming to the market in recent times estimated to go for around NZ$550,000. 

Offered on the open market for the first time there will be a unique 1935 BMW Typ. 309/328 Veritas with FIA papers estimated to be worth between $500,000 to $600,000  and eligible for almost all the most prestigious racing events worldwide.

Other important collectors’ cars going under the hammer at Autosport include a 1935 BMW Willis Special with FIA papers estimated at around $250,000, a 1955 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Evocazione estimated at $180,000, a 1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR Spezifikation estimated at $150,000, a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 estimated as being worth between $100,000 and $120,000 and a rare 1986 MG Metro 6R4 rally car which is expected to reach between $120,000 to $140,000.

The auction will also feature a large automobilia section and a number of lots from the archive of John Etheridge, a well-known figure in endurance racing during his time at Ford Advanced Vehicle and one of the world’s authorities on the Ford GT40. John collected these items in period during his time around the international motor racing circuits and the factories of the cars that he raced on.

More details for Kiwis wanting to make a bid from: www.coys.co.uk.

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