When a former celebrity owner ISN'T good news for a car seller
A celebrity owner can do wonders to the value of a car.
It doesn't really matter what it is: A Vauxhall Nova owned by a pop star or an Aston being once the property of a royal. Either way a substantial wedge can be added to how much it could be worth.
However, sometimes a celebrity owner can affect a car's value to the extent where it is best forgotten.
A good example is Sir Jimmy Savile's 1978 Range Rover. It came up for auction in February this year – appropriately reported by Autoblog – but failed to sell.
However, the special motor - perhaps for all the wrong reasons - has appeared on the interweb once again for sale. This time, however, the famous owner's name has mysteriously been omitted from the car's description. Funny that.
This Rangie is no ordinary Rangie either. Ordered new by Savile in '78 for the princely sum of £3,000, the car was probably the poshest Range Rover around. The Range Rover Carawagon had a bed fitted in the rear quarters enabling Sir Jimmy to live in it while he was travelling between charity fundraising trips.
The car is also fitted with a wash basin and curtains, and even though the Rangie has had other owners since, Sir Jimmy's squiggle is in the log book.
It was expected to fetch between £33,000 and £38,000 last February, but it failed to sell.
But you'd never know of that from the car's advert, currently on sale for £12,995 and listed here.
We're not going to get embroiled in the news stories currently circulating, but we can entirely see why the seller would rather not mention the Range Rover's former keeper.