From the spotlight to the hammer - Bonhams will present three cars previously owned by Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Nick Mason at the 2018 Goodwood Members' Meeting auction
Bonhams is to auction three cars that once belonged to some of rock and roll’s biggest stars during this year’s Members’ Meeting sale, which takes place at Goodwood on Sunday 18 March. The auction highlights the automotive passions of some of the most important rock and pop artists in history, with former owners including The Beatles’ Sir Paul McCartney, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’s creator Rod Stewart and Nick Mason, whose signature drumming helped define the timeless music of Pink Floyd.
Sir Paul McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 was one of only 260 created and one of four to have been imported to UK. McCartney bought the car in 1968 – the same year as The White Album was released. The album – while including massive hits such as Revolution and Back in the USSR – proved to be one of contention and arguments in the band. The Beatles broke up less than two years later. In addition to being a rare in its own right, the 400 GT comes with some cultural significance. It’s estimated at £400,000-500,000.
Rod Stewart’s 1991 Lamborghini Diablo, on the other hand, come with a lower estimate of £120,000-140,000. Stewart reportedly bought himself the 200mph supercar as a Christmas present to himself in December 1991, following the success of his 16th studio album, Vagabond Heart, which reached Platinum status in six countries.
Finally, there is a 1974 Dino 246 GT Spider, which is estimated at £375,000-425,000. The car was originally owned by former Octane columnist Nick Mason. Mason has collected Ferraris and other supercars since Pink Floyd took off in the 1960s, and he owned this car until the early 1980s. It has since been through five other owners, and has been with the current vendor since 2013, when the car received Classiche certification.
Other auction highlights
Alongside these rock star cars, there are just over 100 cars consigned to the auction. Lancia enthusiasts will have plenty choose from. Early cars range from a project 1940 Aprilia estimated at £2000-£3000, right through to the legendary 1956 Aurelia B24 Convertible, with an estimate of £200,000-£250,000. There are also examples of the pre-war Lambda and Belna saloon cars. The auction also includes a few more modern examples, such as a 1984 Lancia Beta VX Coupé and 1992 Lancia Y10 Hatchback.