James May to sell his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche due to allergies
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James May has decided to sell his beloved Rolls-Royce following an unfortunate discovery – he's allergic to its leather seats.
The Top Gear and Grand Tour star has been aware that his 1972 Corniche has made him itchy since at least 2010, when he wrote that he has "a very thorough shower" after driving it.
Now, he's announced on his Drive Tribes page that he plans to sell the car at auction next month.
The offending leather seats that made the star itchy
May bought the Corniche after a long infatuation with the model, something he says started in 1988 when he was a sub-editor for The Engineer. Driving through town, he flashed his headlights to let a silvery-grey Corniche into traffic, and saw a woman's silk-clad hand waving a gentle thank-you in return.
"As perfect moments go, it could only have been improved if she’d been smoking a Sobranie in a Bakelite and ivory cigarette holder," May told the Financial Times. "I’ve wanted a Corniche ever since.”
The car, which has a 6.75-litre V8 engine and a theoretical top speed of 120mph, will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Member's Meeting on March 19.