Rolls-Royce the aero-engine manufacturing company famous for putting elite cars on the map, has long been revered by the world’s wealthiest and most powerful. One Rolls-Royce in particular, pacts more cultural history under its hood than a fleet of lesser vehicles – the 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster. Previously owned by Bette Davis and the biggest silent cowboy star of all time Tom Mix, this chic, classic convertible went on to be owned by Warner Brothers and appeared in cinema hits including Daisy Clover, where it was driven by elite movie star Robert Redford.
The car will be on auction at one of the biggest car auctions of the year, the Coys Classic Car Auction at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on July 14th. Over 120 vehicles will be on sale, however the Rolls-Royce will probably garner the most green. Experts estimate the car will cost anywhere between $170,000-$200,000.
The Managing Director of Coys, Chris Routledge remarked about the auction, “We already have some interesting cars attending the Concours d’Elegance including a Ferrari 212 Inter, Ronnie Hoare’s C-Type Jaguar, an Alfa 8C Monza and an Auburn 851 Speedster from the National Motor Museum.”
While the auction will showcase some of the world’ most elite and coveted cars, it will be fair to give autos from all classes a spot to shine, and the chance to win awards. Says Routledge, “The whole point is that anyone can turn up and put their car into the Concours and have the potential for winning a prize. The car doesn’t have to be exotic it could be a Mini or a Ford Anglia, the point of the Concours is to show cars right across the collecting spectrum.”