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.
“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 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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