Famous cars to go under the hammer

A classic car once owned by Queen legend Freddie Mercury and a Ford Capri from sitcom Only Fools and Horses will be auctioned off this weekend.

Both famous cars are expected to fetch thousands at the auction at the Autosport International show at Birmingham NEC on Saturday.

The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was the Queen front man's car of choice until his death in November 1991. It was bought for him by his management company Goose Productions in 1979 and comes with paperwork confirming the purchase.

Fans of the legendary British rock group last saw the vehicle at the premiere of the Queen musical We Will Rock You in 2002. The vehicle comes with a substantial history file containing bills and receipts as well as the latest MoT certificate, which is due to expire in February.

The silver-coloured car has 62,000 miles on the clock and has a guide price of between £9,000 and £11,000.

The Ford Capri S became a TV star in its own right and was branded the "pratmobile" by Del Boy's brother Rodney, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, in the long-running comedy Only Fools and Horses.

The car is to be sold exactly as it appeared in the BBC sitcom, featuring fake tiger fur interior and pink aerials. It also has a letter of authenticity and valid MoT certificate.

It has a two-litre engine and is expected to fetch considerably more than the Rolls-Royce, between £24,000 and £28,000.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys has been enjoying a new car of her own.

The American singer-songwriter was given a new green Fisker Karma by her husband Swizz Beatz for Christmas. On January 3 the couple announced the addition on their website. In the statement, Keys was praised for her good taste in cars and men.

Fisker hit the headlines last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when their insurance company refused to pay out claims for water-damaged vehicles.

Copyright Press Association 2013

Got a question for us?

If you require further assistance, our team of Customer Advisors are here to help. We're open six days a week - you can view our opening hours here - and we're more than happy to answer your questions.