Freddie Mercury’s Rolls Royce up for grabs at auction

International auctioneers COYS are going to be selling the special Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Rock and roll superstar Freddie Mercury. It will be up for sale in the Autosport International show and the auction will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 12th of January, 2013.

Goose Productions Ltd., Freddie Mercury’s managing company has bought the Rolls Royce for his personal use in 1979 and the anticipated price of this special car is around £11,000. The car was last used in 2002 in the Premier of ‘We will Rock you’ and since that time, it has covered only a few miles, and its MoT is still valid, expiring in February 2013!

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 this 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’ estimated at £24,000 to £28,000. 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 at £325,000 to £375,000. Offered on the open market for the first time there will be a unique 1935 BMW Typ. 309/328 Veritas with FIA papers estimated at £250,000 to £350,000 and eligible for almost all the most prestigious events worldwide.

Other important collectors’ cars going under the hammer at Autosport include a 1935 BMW Willis Special with FIA papers estimated at £135,000 to £155,000, a 1955 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Evocazione estimated at £90,000 to £110,000, a 1974 Porsche 911 3.0 RSR Spezifikation estimated at £70,000 to £80,000, a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 estimated at £50,000 to £60,000 and a 1986 MG Metro 6R4 estimated at £60,000 to £70,000.

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.