Thursday, April 25, 2024

I prefer everything

Rolls-Royce originally owned by playboy Nubar Gulbenkian and later used in “Withnail & I” for sale


The “flamboyantly bearded”, monocle wearing eccentric Nubar Gulbenkian (1896 – 1972) took up driving at the age of 65 and when asked what he enjoyed the most, answered: “I prefer everything”. With the sale of one of his many cars, illustration of just that is provided.


The 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville that Nubar Gulbenkian commissioned is certainly striking in terms of its appearance
The 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca de Ville that Nubar Gulbenkian commissioned is certainly striking in terms of its appearance
Nubar Gulbenkian was an eccentric who lived life to the full
Nubar Gulbenkian was an eccentric who lived life to the full
Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant and Richard Griffiths with the car
Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant and Richard Griffiths with the car

“If something is too much of a bore to do thoroughly and with zest, then don’t bother to do it at all” continued Gulbenkian and one Rolls-Royce that he owned takes such a way of living to its extreme. The £195,000 long wheelbase coach built vehicle, a 1953 Silver Wraith by Hooper & Co., includes such things as a speedometer in the rear so that Gulbenkian could monitor and ensure his chauffeur drove in the “brisk style” that he demanded.


The car features snakeskin trimming
The car features snakeskin trimming
And even has a speedometer in the rear compartment
And even has a speedometer in the rear compartment

The 4.5-litre car also boasts snakeskin trim and an “ahead of its time” Sedanca de Ville style roof over the driver’s compartment as well as an electric division, electric windows and air conditioning. Described as “stylish and interesting”, it seems like great value for money given that another of the four Silver Wraiths Gulbenkian owned went to auction in 2008 with a guide of £220,000 to £250,000.


For sale with Brentford, Middlesex based dealers Frank Dale & Stepsons, the car and has another claim to fame. It was driven by Uncle Monty – played by Richard Griffiths – in the cult film Withnail and I.



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    1. If you ever get the chsnce to read Pantaraxia, translation – The art of keeping people on their toes ‘..his autobiography, do so but avoid loaning it to anyone as you won’t get it back

      In my oppinion Frank Dale and Stepsons is/are easily the best extant. …but hey what do l know?

    2. “I do think you could at least have shaved. What will people
      think, you look like a pair of farm-hands. Get away from the car.”


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