It's a kind of magic as Freddie Mercury's Rolls Royce sells for £74,600

Freddie Mercury may well be regarded as one of the finest rock singers this country has ever produced but he has also recently proved he is a dab hand at adding value to second-hand cars.

Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow recently went up for auction at the Autosport International show in Birmingham. COYS, the auction house behind the sale, estimated the car would sell for around £9,000 but a flurry of bidding activity saw the car's price rise to nearly six times the amount listed in the guide book.

A wealthy Russian businessman parted with £74,600 for Freddie's runaround despite the Queen singer never actually getting behind the wheel. It was revealed he didn't own a driving licence and preferred being chauffeured around.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director of international auctioneers COYS, said: "Autosport 2013 proved to be another successful event for COYS in Birmingham on Saturday January 12th. It underlined the global reach of this event with the Freddie Mercury Rolls Royce selling to Russia and other notable sales being made to Japan, the west coast of the US and Colombia."

The auction also featured the garish 1980 Ford Capris S "pratmobile" from Only Fools and Horses but unfortunately the lime green Capris didn't reach the guide price.