Lot 246 - 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (Ex-Peter Sellers)
|Odometer reading||116,007 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £38,000|
- Previously owned by Peter Sellers
- Fully restored over the last five years
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 450 SLC...
This 1975 registered 450 SLC was originally registered to Mr. Blake Edwards, director of The Pink Panther films, in 1975 before it passed on Peter Sellers. This Mercedes-Benz has undergone major restoration work over the last five years and as such, presents in beautiful condition. The engine was removed and fully rebuilt. The body was totally stripped with any corrosion cut-out and refabricated as necessary. The car was then totally repainted in the original colour of silver and the interior has been retrimmed in blue velour. The result of this significant amount of work, time and investment is a 450 SLC which is probably the best one available in the country today, coupled with the very interesting history, this Mercedes-Benz is surely a collectors’ dream car. Supplied with a V5C registration document and original Data Card, inspection in person is highly recommended to appreciate the quality of this stunning Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC.
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