Suffolk: Marque fit for a marquess as Rolls-Royce goes under the hammer

Reeman Dansie Auctioneer and valuer Jonathan Benson prepares to auction off a 1975 Rolls Royce conve

Reeman Dansie Auctioneer and valuer Jonathan Benson prepares to auction off a 1975 Rolls Royce convertible that belonged to the late 7thMarquess of Bristol on Wednesday - Credit: Archant

It is a piece of history, formerly belonging to the notorious and flamboyant 7th Marquess of Bristol.

The eccentric Lord Bristol’s 1975 Rolls Royce is being auctioned complete with a set of Elvis Priest

The eccentric Lord Bristols 1975 Rolls Royce is being auctioned complete with a set of Elvis Priestley eight-track tapes in a special compartment. - Credit: Archant

And next week this 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible could be yours when it goes under the hammer at auction house Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

The vehicle, which has a 6.75litre automatic engine, was bought by the late 7th Marquess of Bristol, John Hervey, whose family lived at Ickworth House outside Bury St Edmunds, when he was living in Monaco.

Auctioneer and valuer Jonathan Benson said: “The car was bought in 1977 when he would only have been aged 23 and the car was about 18 months old.

“He had just inherited several million pounds and decided to blow it on this Rolls-Royce. It certainly wouldn’t have been cheap.


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“He had a flag pole fitted to the front for when he drove around Monaco.

“The car lived all of its life in Monaco until the Marquess sold it to a friend and it was shipped over to America.”

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The car, which has an estimate of £27,000 to £30,000, is red with a beige hide interior and electric cream leather hood. Mr Benson added: “We found a badge in the car for the yacht club in Monaco so he really did live the high life wherever he was.

“With the hood down, the car looks more like a speedboat.

“It’s one of those cars that looks as good with the hood up as it does down. “It has wonderful plush carpets and is a typical Rolls-Royce at the absolute height of luxury. It’s in absolutely lovely condition and is ready to go.” Mr Benson is hoping the Rolls-Royce will attract lots of interest.

“Ten years ago you could buy one for the same sort of price,” he said. “The car is around 40 years old and is only going to become more collectible.

“It’s a really showy car, looks the part and has a nice history.”

The Rolls-Royce also has special order light burr walnut veneers to the dashboard, door cappings which have recently been restored and a matching veneered steering wheel fitted, along with a new set of lambswool over-rugs and four new Avon Turbospeed tyres.

It is also being auctioned off with a set of Elvis Presley eight-track tapes in a special compartment.

It will be sold at auction alongside a 1938 Austin 7 Opel Tourer, a 1937 Rover 14 Saloon and a 1980 Bentley T2 Saloon as part of Reeman Dansie’s fine art and antiques auction on Wednesday.

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