Jimmy Savile scandal drives down value of his Rolls... to almost nothing
Disgraced Jimmy Savile's Rolls-Royce Corniche is "worthless", Autoblog has discovered.
The special motor, which sold for £160,000 in July with only 4,000 miles on the clock, is now probably worth nothing at all, after a string of horrific and distressing allegations against the TV presenter and charity fundraiser, who died last year.
Speaking to Autoblog, Mike Hind, communications manager for the vehicle valuations specialist CAP, said: "I think it is completely undesirable to anyone now, and has the potential to be totally worthless."
The 2002-registered car sold in July at a charity auction with Sir Jimmy's cherished plate on it – JS 247. But it's that number plate which has stripped the car of its value, believes Hind.
"The car is probably worth nothing with JS 247 on it. I'd advise the number plate be changed and Savile's name be removed from the log book."
A scrap dealer paid £160,000 for the car in July, but told Sky News he fears the car is worth half of that and is trying to get his money back.
Hind told us the car, without the "celebrity" status, has a Black Book Live CAP Clean trade-in value of around £52,000.
The owner – who has not revealed his identity for fear of being found out by his wife – told Sky News: "I don't want to be associated with it [the car]. I'm just gutted because all of this should have come out before hand."
The owner also revealed he's never driven it and that it has been parked up in storage since he bought it.
"I've never even driven it," he said. "I bought it, they delivered it, I had it picked up, they took it to Surrey for servicing and it's still there."
The owner said he has spoken to other buyers who bought ex-Savile belongings at the charity auction, and they believe their purchases are also worth nothing."A lot of people spent a lot of money on that stuff, tracksuits and that, and they've got to burn them now because they're worth nothing.
"I've got my lawyers looking at it now, but my solicitor has spoken to a barrister and he seemed to think none of us had a leg to stand on," he said.