Movie legend Sir Michael Caine’s first ever automotive, a 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Drophead Coupe with a captivating historical past, is being auctioned on March 15 on the Imperial Conflict Museum, Duxford.
One in every of simply 506 Silver Shadow Two-Door Drophead Coupes that had been hand constructed by Rolls-Royce’s in-house coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward from 1967–1971, the automotive is estimated at between £100,000-£150,000 within the public sale hosted by H&H Classics.
The story goes that actor wandered into the Jack Barclay showroom on Berkeley Sq., with a handwritten buying checklist which learn, “milk, bread, newspaper, cigarettes, Rolls-Royce.”
Unkempt and unshaven, he was ushered off the premises, so he popped over to Mayfair’s different Rolls-Royce dealership, H.A. Fox on Dover Avenue, the place he discovered the Silver Shadow which had been taken into inventory after the playwright and screenwriter, Terence Rattigan, cancelled his order for it.
Having purchased the automotive, regardless of not having his personal driving licence, the Italian Job star discovered it was less expensive to make use of a chauffeur than pay the premium his insurers quoted ought to he determine to go down the ‘L-plate’ route.
He subsequently took nice pleasure in being pushed previous the offending Jack Barclay salesman in his new automotive and flicking him a V-sign.
The automotive went on to characteristic extensively within the 1969 documentary, Candid Caine.
Lower than two years later, the Silver Shadow was acquired by John Leonard Ernest Leach (Jack Leach), proprietor of the Gasworks restaurant in Fulham, which turned a infamous hotspot for the wealthy and well-known.
A well-recognized sight on the Fulham and Kings roads for many years afterwards, Leach continued to personal the automotive for the subsequent 43 years till his dying in 2013.
The automotive has been handled to an intensive restoration by its present proprietor and is now refinished in its authentic color of black, and it’ll go beneath the hammer the day after Caine’s ninetieth birthday.