Rock legends' supercars up for auction

| 22 Feb 2018
Rock legends' supercars up for auction

A trio of beautiful classic cars once owned by rock royalty Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Nick Mason are to go to auction next month as part of Bonhams' Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale.

Foremost among the three is a stunning 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 once owned by Beatles legend McCartney, with Pink Floyd drummer Mason's 1974 Dino 246 GT Spider not far behind in either desirability or price-tag terms.

The 1991 Lamborghini Diablo previously owned by Stewart, meanwhile, is probably more of a Marmite car, but there's no doubting its raw power. 

All three will be auctioned at the Goodwood sale on Sunday 18 March, with the ex-McCartney Lamborghini expected to fetch between £400,000 and £500,000, the Dino estimated at £375,000 to £425,000 and the Diablo at £120,000 to £140,000.

Rock legends' supercars up for auction

Even without the McCartney connection the Lamborghini 400 GT would be a notable car. 

Only 247 were ever produced, and of these 23 were essentially upgrades of the 350 GT. The remaining 224 were, like McCartney's, in 2+2 format, with a different roofline, larger body and coachwork by Carrozzeria. A mere four of these were thought to have been imported to the UK.

McCartney bought his 400 GT 2+2 at the height of The Beatles' fame in February 1968, and kept the vehicle until 1979. It has since been bought and sold on several other occasions, most recently going for £122,500 at auction in 2011.

Rock legends' supercars up for auction
Rock legends' supercars up for auction

Mason, who has long been a keen collector and racer of cars, bought the Dino 246 GTS in 1973. Another seriously rare vehicle, it is one of only 21 right-hand drive models with flared wheelarches.

The Pink Floyd drummer eventually sold it in favour of a Lancia Stratos, but it's been well maintained and refurbished since then, and is likely to prove popular at the auction.

The Diablo, meanwhile, was bought by Stewart at Christmas 1991 – apparently a present for himself following the success of his album Vagabond Heart. The replacement for the legendary Countach, it could pump out 492bhp at 7000rpm and hit 200mph. Again, it's been well maintained – a recent spruce up cost £27,000, for starters. 

These three are far from the only beautiful and rare cars on offer at the Goodwood Members' Meet. 

We've already spied a 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 rally car, a 1938 Alvis 4.3-Litre 'Short Chassis' Tourer with Coachwork by Vanden Plas and a 1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GTA, for instance, and there are plenty of other notable vehicles. We'll have more on the auction very soon.

To see more pictures of these wonderful cars, take a look at our full picture gallery here