A convertible Rolls-Royce which food critic Sir Michael Winner would drive through London’s bus lanes was today put up for sale for £69,950.
The iconic film director, who died in January, would normally be chauffeured around in a Rolls-Royce similar to the Queen’s.
But when he decided to drive he would go out for a spin in this beloved 1992 Rolls-Royce Corniche III.
The eccentric bought the convertible in 2008 to “celebrate” getting himself into £6 MILLION of debt.
He would famously drive the car through bus lanes and park illegally to save himself the frustrations of city traffic – describing any fines he received as “wonderful value”.
The fines were actually CHEAPER than getting a taxi into central London and home again.
The Corniche III was his third Rolls-Royce and he owned the car up until his death earlier this year.
Prestige car dealer Derek Mowat is now selling the Roller, which has covered just 26,000 miles in its 21-year history.
The car boasts dual-level air conditioning, cruise control, electrically adjustable heated seats, remote central locking, electric mirrors and lambswool overugs.
When it was new, the car cost around £250,000 but it is now being advertised on Auto Trader for £69,950.
Mr Mowat, from Edinburgh, said: “He looked after the car very well, it has been cherished. It is a Corniche III so you have all the modern gear but with the classic design.
“This is a particularly nice example of the stunning and luxurious flagship convertible.
“There are three for sale in the UK and this model has the lowest mileage, the best colour scheme and it used to be owned by Sir Michael Winner.
“This pricing makes it a very attractive investment and would be perfectly suited to collector. It is a modern classic.”
Under the bonnet is a 6.8-litre V8 engine which gives the luxury convertible a top speed of around 125mph.
Legendary restaurant critic Winner would drive or be driven everywhere in London, avoiding traffic by using the bus lanes.
He said they only cost “£60 a time to use them and you don’t even get points – wonderful value”.
The Death Wish director would also park right outside the restaurant on a double yellow line while he ate – claiming the £60 fine was the same as a return taxi fare.
He said: “The difference is I don’t have to walk around in the rain looking for taxis. I just leave the restaurant and step straight back into my car.”
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