The pristine classic luxury sedan's sale will contribute to aiding Ukraine.
Rock band Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury was known for his flamboyance and extravagance and his car collection certainly reflected that. Included in his fleet were cars such as the Daimler DS420, Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL, and a 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow which has now come up for auction.
The pristine British luxury classic, thankfully lacking the vulgarity of Hoonigan's Hellcat-powered example, has been well-preserved since it departed from Mercury after decade-long ownership. The example is yet another iconic British automobile that is being auctioned. In this case, it is without a reserve and set to go under the hammer at RM Sotheby's London event scheduled to take place in the first week of November. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Superhumans Center, a charity organization that has been set up to provide relief to Ukraine.
This Silver Shadow is arguably Mercury's most iconic car. The sedan is painted in Silver Chalice and features a 6.8-liter V8 under the hood. Much like the brand's upcoming range, it was a true technological marvel of its time and features an in-car phone and cassette deck for the audio system. Mercury commissioned the body to be finished in Silver Chalice paint contrasted by a blue shade for the leather upholstery.
Fans of the band may recall how Mercury professed his passion for this Silver Shadow in I'm In Love With My Car which featured on the band's A Night at the Opera album released in 1975.
It's understood that Mercury was never behind the wheel of his Rolls-Royce seeing that he never possessed a driver's license. Instead, it was almost exclusively driven by his assistants. Most of the paperwork on file relating to the ownership of the car is in Mary Austin's name, who happens to be Mercury's former partner. After Mercury passed away in 1991, his sister, Kashmira Cooke took possession where she drove it about in Tanzania. She then made an official purchase in 2003 from Mercury's estate.
After being enjoyed by Cooke for many years, it was then auctioned off again in 2013 to Ukrainian actor Andriy Danylko who purchased it for a mere $84,564. This is much less than what you would pay for a Rolls-Royce Phantom today. It is understood that since then, the car has barely been driven and will require a comprehensive mechanical inspection once purchased.