Is a golden 'Liberace' car a gilt-edged investment?


A gold-leaf covered 1931 Cadillac Golfer’s Drophead Coupe reputed to have belonged to American showbiz legend Liberace may not to be everyone's taste, but is expected to make more than £85,000 when it comes up to auction.

Featuring 23.75ct gold-leaf-clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles, we are told the car's enhancements, ironically, were added not by Liberace but by Jack Smith who owned the car in the 1970s.

Having spent years in a German museum, where it was billed as an ex-Liberace car, the 5.7-litre V8 will be sold by Barons at Sandown Park on 17 September.

Other cars expected to, er, shine at the auction include a regularly used 1963 Alvis TD21 S2 Saloon (£16-£20,000), and a 1968 Jaguar 240 Saloon (£8-11,000) that, having  finished the 1989 Pirelli Classic Marathon 10th in class, was dry stored for 23 years before recent recommissioning.

As ever, there is no shortage of affordable classics on offer including a 1972 Fiat 500 (£4,750 to £5,750), a Toyota Corona believed to be the earliest surviving example in the UK (£1,750-£3,000) and a Magenta Triumph Stag with hard- and soft-tops (£4,750-£5,750).

See the auction house's website for the full catalogue.


Chris Martin

I saw that Cadillac about thirty years ago in the old Straight Eight showroom on Goldhawk Road. That was one of those 'must stop and have a look' sites, like the old Coys (now Fiskens I think) in Queensgate Place Mews for a Bugatti fix. Whenever I was passing I would check out the latest stock - I seem to remember that gold Caddy hung around quite a while too. Straight Eight majored on Mercedes 600s and the flashy end on the market.
Second point; will Magenta ever come back in fashion?


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