On this day in auto history - October 17th

Sat 17th Oct 2020

It was on this day in 2005 that a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow owned by rockstar Freddie Mercury surprisingly failed to sell in a high-profile auction on eBay.

In what was one of the most widely-publicised items advertised on the auction website at that point in its history, the 62,000 mile vehicle attracted over 200 bids but never met its reserve price.

The luxury item had been listed by the late Queen frontman’s sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the vehicle from him. It even came with a box of man-sized, Kleenex tissues left in the car by Mercury.

However, when offered again at auction by Autosport International eight years later in 2013, the vehicle was sold for over £74,000 to an anonymous Russian telephone bidder, shattering its conservative reserve price of £11,000.

Mercury - who died of an AIDS-related condition in 1991 - famously never held a licence, memorably saying “I don’t need to drive a car - I’ll always be driven.”