CCA to auction Bee Gees and Status Quo classics

Barry Gibb’s and Francis Rossi’s former wheels – a 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL and 1995 BMW E38 – to go under hammer in March

Classic Car Auctions will sell two cars formerly owned by music stars Barry Gibb and Francis Rossi, at March’s Practical Classics Classic Car Restoration Show sale.

The models will form part of CCA’s two-day sale at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March.

A 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL previously owned by Bee Gees member Sir Barry Gibb is expected to sell for between £12,000 and £15,000. Gibb has been the registered owner and keeper of the car for the past 31 years.

It has covered 59,000 miles since new, and comes with a strong MoT history, invoices for many of which are made out to Gibb personally. As its name suggests the 450 SEL boasts a 4.5-litre V8, and this particular car was equipped from new with the expensive self-levelling rear suspension option.

A 1995 BMW E38 750 iL formerly belonging to Francis Rossi, the co-founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of the rock band Status Quo, will also go under the hammer. Rossi owned the car from new until 2012, and it has been with its subsequent owner ever since. The 7 Series will be sold with just under 70,000 miles on the clock, and is listed as being in ‘exceptional condition for its age’. It is thought that approximately £13,000 has been spent by the current vendor to get the BMW to this condition. The 5.4-litre car carries an estimate of just £7000 to £9000.

Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at CCA, said: ‘It would be a tragedy to miss the opportunity to own either of these cars, previously owned by two of the biggest names in the music industry.

‘Whatever you want, Classic Car Auctions has an extensive range of models for auction at our March sale. All tastes and budgets are catered for, and we look forward to seeing you at the NEC.’

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