Superstar car sale: David Gilmour's F40 & Elton John's Bentley
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Fewer things add more value to a collectible car than a celebrity's name scrawled in the log book.
So expect to pay big bucks if you want to get your hands on some of the cars up for auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in a week's time.
That's because the lot list includes an incredibly rare Ferrari F40 that was formerly driven by Pink Floyd guitarist and platinum-selling solo artist David Gilmour and Elton John's Bentley Continental Convertible that featured in the music video for hit song Nikita.
Here's a closer look at the two superstar cars available at the Bonhams Goodwood Sale on June 30.
David Gilmour's 1988 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta
Ferrari F40s are selling for silly money these days - a low mileage example sold at an RM Sotheby's auction last year for $1.7million.
Bonhams would expect this car to achieve something similar (though it has refused to put an estimate on this collector's item) as it was first owned by Pink Floyd singer and guitarist, David Gilmour.
As seen in the picture above, he and then band mate Nick Mason went to pick their matching F40s up from Ferrari's Fiorano test track shortly after performing in Modena as part of a 1988 tour - the pair then enjoyed a trip across Europe back to the UK in Italian stallion formation.
We can't imagine it would have been a slow journey - the F40's twin-turbo V8 was capable of clocking 323km/h - that's a similar take-off speed of a Eurofighter Typhoon.
This is one of the earlier generation models not to have a catalytic converter or adjustable suspension, which happens to be more sought after by collectors. You can also tell it is a first-run car as it has sliding windows instead of wind-down versions.
No mileage is quoted, but Bonhams states it is 'little used'.
It does have a few talking points on its recent history documents, though, most notably an engine-bay fire in the late 2000s that resulted in a full restoration that cost in excess of $525,000.
It will be sold in 'generally very good condition' with Dutch registration papers, the description says.
Elton John's 1985 Bentley Continental Convertible
Elton John's hit song Nikita reached the Top 10 in more than 15 countries when it was released in 1985, telling a story of a forbidden love during the Cold War.
The music video featured Sir Elton being chauffeured in this luxury soft-top, with the megastar resorting to taking photos of Nikita from afar before making several failed attempts to drive through her checkpoint.
It was originally delivered to Elton John, so his is the first name on the registration document. After the video was shot, he changed the registration plate to the personalised 'B20 ELT', which is still on the car today.
Under the bonnet is an enormous 6.7-litre V8. With a top speed of 193km/h, Sir Elton would have needed to attach his hat securely if he ever drove it flat out.
It's finished in 'Tudor Red' with a red-piped beige leather interior and matching fabric roof.
Under the bonnet is a huge 6.7-litre V8 engine, though the top speed is fairly steady by today's standards at 120mph.
Bonhams has estimated that it will sell for before $157,000 and $210,000. That would represent up to a 69 per cent increase in value in two years after the car sold was at auction, again by Bonhams, in Paris in 2015 for $122,000.
With a claimed 40,872 miles (65,777km) on the clock, it's barely turned a wheel since it last went under the hammer, though in that time it has been fitted with the correct steel wheels that it would have been sold with (and has in the music video).
The only deviation from showroom specification is the boot-mounted CD changer and bass unit - ideal for booming out Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, we would like to think.
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