1974 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce
Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce has been put up for sale with auctioneers Coys (founded 1919). The prospectus states:
Estimate: £9,000 - £11,000
Registration Number: WLX293M
Chassis Number: SRH18696
Freddie Mercury is of course best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band “Queen” , and one of the most flamboyant performers in rock history. As a performer, he was legendary for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including the legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Are the Champions”.
In addition to his work with Queen, he had a massively successful solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists.
Mercury was noted for his live performances, which were often delivered to stadium audiences around the world. He displayed a highly theatrical style that often evoked a great deal of participation from the crowd. A writer for The Spectator described him as “a performer out to tease, shock and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself”.
David Bowie, who performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and recorded the song “Under Pressure” with Queen, praised Mercury’s performance style, saying: “Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest… he took it over the edge. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand. Queen guitarist Brian May wrote that Mercury could make “the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected.
One of Mercury’s most notable performances with Queen took place at Live Aid in 1985, during which the entire stadium audience of 72,000 people clapped, sang and swayed in unison. Queen’s performance at the event has since been voted by a group of music executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music. Mercury’s final live performance with Queen took place on 9 August 1986 at Knebworth Park in England and drew an attendance estimated as high as 300,000.
The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was produced in various forms from 1965 to 1980. It was the first Rolls-Royce to use a monocoque chassis, a response to concerns that the company was falling behind in automotive innovation. Aside from a more modern appearance and construction, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc rather than drum brakes, and independent rear suspension, rather than the outdated live axle design of previous cars.
This very special Rolls Royce Silver Shadow bought by Freddie Mercury’s company Goose Productions Ltd in the company’s financial year ending 30th September 1979. A letter in the car’s file directly from Jim Beach, the long-time manager of Queen and its individual members, confirms WLX 293M was bought for Freddie’s use and continued to be used and owned by the company until his death in November 1991.
The car was then borrowed from the Estate by Freddie’s sister and has remained in her care ever since. More excitingly, the car was last used for the Premier of “We will Rock you”, and has covered minimal mileage since.
Accompanying the car is a thick history file containing various bills and receipts, old and current MoT’s with the current being valid until February 2013. Described as being in good to fine and original general condition, this is a once in a life time opportunity to acquire a real piece of “Queen”/Rock history. For the discering collector. Unrepeatable!
Full details here.
I can understand why one might want to buy Freddie Mercury’s piano, but his Rolls-Royce less so. One for the completist, I s’ppose.