Sir Elton John’s Bentley for sale at Bonhams
We have earlier told you about Sir Elton John’s charity auctions, including the one-off Chromed Audi R8 Spyder which was sold for $400,000, besides his Rolls Royce Phantom Drop-head Coupe that fetched a price $1.6 million. Another luxury car formerly owned by Sir Elton John is now going up at Bonhams Oxford auction. Built between year 1971 and 1976, one of the only 45 Bentley Corniche ‘Series 1’ convertible, the 1975 Bentley Corniche covertible, is one of the highlights at the upcoming Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars sale, scheduled to be held on June 16 in Oxford, in association with Vintage Motor Cycle Club, Banbury Run. Described as one of the handful of extensively used Elton John’s cars, this particular 1975 Bentley is estimated to garner a handsome price of $76,550 to $91,860.
The car’s current owner bought this particular Corniche Bentley when a selection of beautiful cars from Sir John’s collection was auctioned back in year 2001, and at that time its odometer reading stood at 43,000 miles.
Finished in Silver Mink with matching hood and beige interiors, it was bought new by John Elton in September 1975, and he speaks highly of this Bentley, as he says, “I’ve had a lot of people in it, Princess Margeret’s been in it, everyone’s been in it.”
Historically, in the year of John Elton’s knighthood in 1998, he sold this Bentley to Robert Halley, his personal assistant, from whom he purchased back in 1999. And, during Mr. Robert Halley’s ownership, the car was repainted in its present livery and updated later with alloy wheels.
Hand-built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding using finest quality materials including Wilton carpeting, burr walnut veneers and Connolly hide, these cars were thus priced 50% higher than that of the standard Silver Shadows. The car also accompanies documentation which consists letter of provenance from Sir John Elton, current MoT and Swansea V5 document.
Another interesting car rich with Britain’s automotive history being offered at the auction is the 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster. Described to be a car which claimed 120 mph, a speed unheard for a production car in 1950s, it was bought by the current vendor on December 12th 2008. Since its acquisition, the Jaguar XK’s interior has been re-carpeted and the leather replaced on the dashboard. Some of its other noteworthy features include the C-type cylinder head, a stainless-steel exhaust system with twin tailpipes and full wet weather equipment.