A turquoise Delahaye Roadster that was once owned by Diana Dors has recently been sold at auction for £2 million – half of the anticipated sale price.
Dors, who was dubbed the British Marilyn Monroe, bought the one-off 1949 Delahaye Roadster when she was 17 for a sum of £6,000.
Now almost 50 years later it has been sold for close to £2 million, perhaps in part because of Dors’ association with the vehicle.
The 20ft long light blue car is an extravagant and outrageous vehicle that has 6 engines, which output 165bhp. Despite the vehicle being 50 years old, it has a low mileage – partly because it has been kept off the road as a collectable for some time.
After Dors died the car was owned by several different people but this is the first time that it has been restored and put up for auction.
Last Saturday the sale of the vehicle was organised by RM Auctions in Monterey, California.
Talking about the vehicle, Alain Squindo, RM Auctions spokesman, said, ”They were often outlandish designs and many were built just for shows and for impressing people.
This car was made when this coach-built era was almost at an end, but this is one of the most spectacular and outrageous examples.”
The famous vehicle was bought for £1.9 million by a mystery buyer, despite experts predicting it would sell for closer to £4million.
Mr Squindo added that she received the car when “She was only 17 and didn’t even have a licence but it was curvaceous, sexy and ‘flamboyant, just like her”.