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HERE’S A CAR with real celebrity prove­nance – the 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL once be­long­ing to Bee Gee, Sir Barry Gibb, is be­ing auc­tioned by Clas­sic Car Auc­tions in the UK as we go to press.

It was im­ported to the UK in early 1978 with Gibb own­ing the glacier white MercedesBenz 450 SEL for over 31 years. In that time it has trav­elled a mere 98,000kms.

The flag­ship 450SEL fea­tures hy­draulic self- lev­el­ling rear sus­pen­sion, a very ex­pen­sive op­tion to be fit­ted at the time.

It has been with its sec­ond owner for just over a year and ser­viced by the book. Most of the ser­vice and reg­is­tra­tion in­voices on file, that come with the car, are made out per­son­ally to Gibb.

The blue velour trim with match­ing blue car­pet is said to be in pris­tine or­der for a car just over 40 years old and the ex­te­rior is equally clean, hav­ing been re­painted in the past ten years.

While liv­ing in Red­cliffe just north of Bris­bane in the early 1960s, Gibb and his broth­ers Mau­rice and Robin were hired by pro­moter and driver Bill Goode, to en­ter­tain the crowd at the lo­cal speed­way. The crowd would throw money onto the track for the boys, who gen­er­ally per­formed between races and dur­ing other in­ter­vals (usu­ally on the back of a truck that drove around the track). Any money they col­lected from the crowd was theirs to keep.

Per­haps the speed­way con­nec­tion started Gibb’s love af­fair with cars.

For a car with such an il­lus­tri­ous owner, that in­cludes a strong ser­vice record and books, the es­ti­mate of $30,000 seems like a bar­gain. There was no men­tion of what might have been left play­ing in the cas­sette deck...

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