Best’s rolls-royce to Be auc­tioned

Manch­ester United star’s Sil­ver Shadow tipped to top £15k es­ti­mate

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

A 1972 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Shadow owned by foot­ball leg­end Ge­orge Best at the height of his ca­reer is to be auc­tioned by H&H at Dux­ford, Cam­bridgeshire on 12 Oc­to­ber.

Its of­fi­cial pre-sale es­ti­mate is £10,000-£15,000, but it could make more. Reg­is­tered NMC 46K, the car was owned by Best for about three years and reg­u­larly driven around Manch­ester and across the North West. The Sil­ver Shadow had been sup­plied to Gras­sicks of Perth and used as a demon­stra­tor. It was, how­ever, to a spec­i­fi­ca­tion the Belfast born star wanted – Acrylic White paint­work with black leather up­hol­stery, grey Am­bla head­lin­ing, Sundym glass and cruise con­trol. The car was tracked down for Best by his friend, car dealer Ian An­thony, whose Manch­ester deal­er­ship was the back­ground for a Daily Mir­ror photo of the great foot­baller with his new ac­qui­si­tion.

The Sil­ver Shadow, chas­sis num­ber SRH 13549 has had £22,000 spent on it over the past 22 years with the same owner. The car has been re­painted and treated to a black vinyl roof, dif­fer­ent bumpers and later style in­te­gral re­vers­ing lamps. It comes with an MoT valid un­til 14 June 2017.

H&H spokesman Ju­lian Roup says: ‘This car has at­tracted an un­be­liev­able amount of in­ter­est in­ter­na­tion­ally and we are de­lighted to han­dle its sale. Al­though we have an of­fi­cial es­ti­mate, a car with this prove­nance could raise far more. Al­though it has had some mod­i­fi­ca­tions it still re­tains the orig­i­nal leather Best sat on.’

Ge­orge Best was crowned Euro­pean Foot­baller of the Year in 1968 and made 361 ap­pear­ances for Manch­ester United, and was also a head­line-grab­ber off-pitch.

H&H also auc­tioned an ex- Ge­orge Best Jaguar E-type Se­ries III which made £49,000, against a £40,00060,000 pre-sale es­ti­mate last year.

ex-Best sil­ver shadow could eas­ily top its £10-15,000 es­ti­mate.

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