Elton John’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage up for sale
Rare 1997 V550 ordered new by rock legend is to go under hammer at Silverstone Auctions on February 24
One of the most desirable Aston Martins of the past century is to be put under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on February 24 and 25. The fact that this 1997 V8 Vantage V550 once belonged to rock and pop legend Sir Elton John makes it all the rarer.
The hand-built V8 Vantage was ordered new from the Newport Pagnell factory in 1997, and is expected to fetch over £250,000. It may seem like a big Sacrifice to cough up that much Nikita, but this is no Candle in the Wind; it’s pure Rocket Man. It wouldn’t just be the Yellow Brick Road that you could bid goodbye, but also the rear tyres when they’re churning out all 550bhp. It was Made in England, as well. Right, that’s enough of the puns. What about the car?
Wearing a coat of dense black paint paired with a black leather interior, the V8 Vantage can sprint from a standstill to 60mph in 4.8 seconds and surpass 185mph on a wave of torque. For a model of such girth, this is highly impressive. It is claimed to still hold that special new-car smell, and shows fewer than 9,000 miles on the odometer.
Estimates range between £190,000 and £240,000, although the final auction price is expected to go far higher.
Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘Sir Elton is a global superstar and is still making headlines around the world, so it’s a pleasure to offer for sale this Aston Martin that he ordered new back in 1997.’
He continued: ‘As well as enjoying celebrity ownership, this stunning V8 Vantage has been maintained regardless of expense and has a mere 8,663 miles on the clock. That’s equivalent to being driven only about 400 miles a year.’
It is thought only 240 standard V550s were ever made, making any example a must-have collector’s item – let alone one with such an iconic owner. This example’s exterior is in immaculate condition, with the deep front spoiler and flared wheelarches remaining scuff free.
Vast expense has been lavished on chassis number #70174 with respected marque specialist Rikki Cann, which means it has remained in A1 condition. The original service books and invoices also accompany the car.
Forget about Stepping into Christmas – step into the cabin and perform a few Circles of Life. You certainly wouldn’t Still be Standing, except maybe at the petrol pump. Sorry…
Adam added: ‘Our Race Retro auction is a rare opportunity to own one of the last coach-built Aston Martins. If that wasn’t enough, then throw in the fact it was ordered new by Sir Elton John, and you have a truly special car.’
You can find out more about this V8 Vantage V550 and the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale, taking place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, on the official auction website. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on such an opportunity. Enough.
Classic Cars for Sale
1969 Plymouth Road Runner Factory “M” Code 440 Six Pack. Restored by JULIUS CARS (King of Mopar Restorations). EXTREMELY Collectible. www.motorcarcompany.com Body Style: 2dr Hardtop Coupe Engine: 8-cyl. 440cid/390hp 3x2bbl Six Pack M-Code Engine 3 Holley 2-Barrell Carburetors VIN: RM23M9A294942 Exterior Color: R4 Performance Red Interior Color: Black Transmission
Signal Red with a tan leather interior and matching convertible top. This numbers matching 190SL Roadster drives as well as it looks. It was restored and comes with detailed restoration records as well as its original owner’s manual, service records. The original Solex carburetors also accompany this 190SL as it has been upgraded with Weber carburetors to improve the drivability.
Extremely Rare 1963 Ferrari 330 America: One of Only 50 Produced This 1963 Ferrari 330 America is an extremely rare find being just one of only 50 cars ever built. Absolutely beautiful silver paint over red leather interior that has been professionally redone by renowned specialist Bob Smith in Dallas, TX. An excellent original car to finish mechanical restoration o
1956 Austin-Healey 100M LeMans Roadster Rare Factory-Installed Le Mans Modifications Body-Off Restoration Completed in 2012 Certified by the 100M Registry Matching-Numbers Certification by the BMIHT FIVA Inspected and Approved Low-Mileage Example Body Style: 2dr Roadster Engine: 2,660 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine Two SU HS6 Carburetors (110 BHP) VIN: BN2L229821 E