Lot 239 - 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC
|Result||Sold - £3,640|
Master impressionist, Peter Sellers, spent his childhood travelling the vaudeville circuit where he gained a fondness for entertaining and a desire to succeed. After returning home from the war, Sellers joined the BBC launching The Goon Show with his (to be) life- long friends Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine and Wallace Greenslade. Radio was but the start of this comedy maverick's extraordinary career. Hollywood beckoned with Sophia Loren and The Millionairess and the Oscar nominated, Dr. Strangelove but in 1963, he hit gold with Inspector Clouseau, The Pink Panther's bumbling master of disguise. With over 60 films to his name as well as a solid position within the heart of the nation, Sellers also has another side, his love of cars. Before he moved over to a mouth-watering selection of Ferraris, Sellers had more modest tastes, these included a number of Minis as well as one particular Mercedes-Benz 450SLC...
H5844 BBC was first registered to Mr. Blake Edwards, director of The Pink Panther films, in 1975 before it passed on Peter Sellers. His tenure was relatively brief and in the intervening years, it would appear to have had just five other owners. Although it is reported to have been restored in the 1980's, the current condition is very much in an unrestored state. It does not move under its own power and will require patience to bring this interesting piece of social and comedic history back to a condition worthy of the great man.
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