It's not quite from 'a galaxy far, far away', but R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker's Roller has come up for auction for the second time in two years
A 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche formerly owned by British actor Kenny Baker will feature during H&H Classics’s auction, held at Duxford Museum next month.
Baker was perhaps most famous for his recurring role in the Star Wars franchise, where he played the droid R2-D2. He appeared in seven of the George Lucas-devised adventures before passing away in 2016, following the release of The Force Awakens. Baker endured an infamously turbulent on-set relationship with co-star Anthony Daniels who portrayed fellow droid C-3PO and with whom Baker shared many of his scenes.
Baker’s Rolls-Royce is estimated to sell for between £28,000 and £32,000 when it goes under the hammer at H&H’s Imperial War Museum Duxford Motor Car Auction on March 23.
A coupé variant of the Rolls-Royce platform, the Corniche powers along using Rolls' trademark 6.75-litre V8. Producing approximately 240bhp when new and capable of taking the 2200kg luxury car well over 115mph, the Corniche makes for an impressive piece of engineering.
Although the car failed to sell with Classic Car Auctions back in 2016, the enthusiasm around this special vehicle should ensure a positive sale second time around. Then it was listed with 76,500 miles on the odometer and in need of ‘some corrective work to the sills and bodywork’.
Other famous Corniche owners have included Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and Elton John to name but a few.
Outside of the music industry, former Top Gear and current The Grand Tour presenter James May have owned a Corniche, as has David Attenborough.
Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics, said: ‘Besides being a fine example of the marque, this car will appeal to anyone who loved the Star Wars series in which Kenny Baker’s character R2-D2 was a much-loved part.’