Led Zep hot rod on stair­way to £250k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin ❚ paul.mid­west@aol.co.uk

A Ford Model T hot rod pre­vi­ously owned by Led Zep­pelin drum­mer John Bon­ham is for sale at £250,000.

The car, which ap­pears in the band’s 1975 film The Song Re­mains the Same in a drag race se­quence, was built in the 1970s by San Fran­cisco cus­tomiser Andy Brizio and named ‘Andy’s In­stant T’ after him.

Bon­ham shipped the car to his home in Bri­tain, at a cost of al­most $5000 at the time, and treated it to the cus­tom paint job seen to­day. He sold the car in 1976 and it was re­stored in the late 1990s.

Pow­ered by a su­per­charged 5.7-litre Chevro­let small block en­gine, re­built in 2006, the car has had two own­ers since Bon­ham, who died in 1980 and who had a large collection of ve­hi­cles.

It is now for sale through West Mid­lands-based spe­cial­ist Mid­west Per­for­mance UK. Boss Bryan Bradley, says: ‘ The Model T’s present owner came to look at a Corvette we had in stock and as a re­sult we are proud to of­fer the hot rod for sale – not least be­cause we are Led Zep­pelin fans our­selves.

‘We’ve had in­ter­est from all over the world, in­clud­ing the owner of a chop­per bike used in The Song Re­mains the Same.’

The car has been co­cooned in tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled stor­age for many years.

Rock su­per­star drum­mer and petrol­head John Bon­ham in Andy’s In­stant T, mid-1970s.

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