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David Gilmore’s Ferrari leads pop star car line-up at Bonhams

Classic cars owned by the likes of David Gilmore, Peter Sellers and Elton John will be up for grabs at Bonhams later this month.
The celebrity rides are amongst the leading lots in the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on June 30.

First up is a stunning 1988 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta originally owned by David Gilmore, lead guitarist with Pink Floyd and a platinum-selling solo artist in his own right.

In 1988, following a Pink Floyd show in Modena, Italy, Gilmore and drummer Nick Mason both acquired matching F40 Berlinettas directly from the Ferrari factory in Maranello.

The pair of petrol-heads then proceeded to drive them home back to England in a stylish European road trip, before Gilmore’s car was exhibited on the Pininfarina stand at the International Motor Show.

Having been thoroughly restored at a cost of more than £300,000, the car is now expected to fetch in excess of £600,000 when it hits the block.

"This thoroughly restored F40 represents a rare opportunity to acquire not only an immaculate example of one of the most evocative Ferraris ever built, but one originally owned by a member of one of the world’s most influential bands," said Bonhams.

Next is a 1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé – one of the last cars ever owned by the legendary comedic actor Peter Sellers.

Sellers was an obsessive car collector throughout his life, with a penchant for everything from Rolls Royce Silver Clouds to custom-made Minis, European sports cars and American imports.

The Porsche is believed to retain its original paintwork from the day it was delivered to Sellers, and underwent a comprehensive rebuild in 2016.

Offered for sale for the first time since 1987, the car comes with an estimate of £60,000 – £80,000.

And finally there’s Elton John’s 1985 Bentley Convertible Continental, which not only belonged to a famous pop star – it also starred in a famous pop video.

The car appears in the video for John’s 1985 hit song Nikita, in which he pines for a female East German border guard on patrol at the height of the Cold War.

The Bentley still retains John’s own personalized number plate ‘B20 ELT’, and comes with an estimate of £90,000 – £120,000.

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