Bonhams auction stir car enthusiasts’ interest after announcing that Ringo Starr’s Facel II will be available for auction in December. Knowing The Beatles’ celebrity status, many consumers expect that it will be one of the most expensive used cars presented in auction to date.
Vintage and rare are the ideal terms to describe Facel II. Facel is indeed a rare brand as the company ceased operation during the same year when Facel II was released in the market, with Starr as one of the notable buyers. Resources cite that the 1964 automobile’s price tag was around $16,000, a price only celebrities like Starr can afford at that time.
Another feature that made Facel II a prized vehicle is being among the 182 cars manufactured by the company. The chance of seeing this car on auction is just one out of 182, and the percussionist presents one of these previously released vehicles for car collectors.
Facel launched this four-seater vehicle with Hemi V8 engine, giving way to 355 horsepower. Any car junkie would know that this performance is comparable with the Lamborghini Espada, a younger carmake released in that generation.
Purchasing Facel vehicle, or any car for that matter, in 1960s is very expensive due to the surging taxes in France triggered by the war. It results to targeting car enthusiasts who understand its remarkable performance and with enough money to buy one of this so-called limited edition vehicles. Starr obtained this vehicle after being showcased in the Earls Court Motor Show in 1964, making him a Facel II owner before the company threw the towel and closed down after making more than 2000 cars.
The maroon-finished Facel II flaunts its exterior at its mint condition, making it a worthy member in a collector’s line up of luxury vehicles. Its interior still possesses slick design like wood-like finish on the dashboard, stirring wheel and other instruments.
However, wears on the cream-colored leather seats are noticeable. For a person like Starr, who earned tons of money during The Beatle’s heyday, getting the leather seats overhauled is cheap. Nevertheless, they probably want to preserve the wears as a sign of being a celebrity-used car. Imagine sitting right on the same seat where a legend sat to drive his car for events or even on a regular day. Such wears make the car more valuable than before.
Many readers think of millions in auction price upon hearing the name Ringo Starr tied up with the car. Nevertheless, the price may not be as high as what people may expect. First, experts like Hagerty report an estimate of around $164,000 for the Facel auto. Bonhams, which will house the famed vehicle for auction, projects around $482,000 to $560,000 price once bidding opens. Furthermore, The Beatles’ front man’s (John Lennon) Ferrari closed at $578,000 in an auction conducted by the same auction house, which is generally lower compared to other celebrity-owned vehicles sold in auctions.
Auction sponsored by Bonhams for this vehicle will commence on December 1 at its London auction house. Whatever the final bid is, every car lover will certainly be excited for the person who will own the car through auction. (Source: AnnvilleAuto –Used Cars)
Bilal Sajjad is a full-time writer who loves to write about new cars, classic cars and good at writing about cars racing as well.
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