Christie’s auctioning rare Balvenie whiskies with bespoke classic car-looking chaser

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This Morris V8 roadster is one part of a first-of-its-kind lot being offered by Christie's. | The Balvenie photo
This Morris V8 roadster is one part of a first-of-its-kind lot being offered by Christie's. | The Balvenie photo

For the first time, Christie’s auction house is offering a lot that combines rare whiskey, a vehicle with classic car looks, and a trip to the Balvenie distillery in Scotland.

Bidding opened September 25 and closes at 10 a.m. (EST) on October 9 for Lot 144. The winner gets the Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4 — a collection of five rare whiskies — a bespoke Morgan V8 roadster, and a trip to Dufftown, Scotland, for a behind-the-scenes visit to the distillery.

“Combining the rare, collectable whiskies of The Balvenie DCS Compendium and a limited-edition, custom roadster with a personalized tour of the distillery makes this a one-of-a-kind lot, and truly celebrates the spirit of The Balvenie,” the distiller’s brand director, Greg Levine, said in a news release.

The two-seat roadster is one of three built by the Morgan Motor Company in 2015 in partnership with the distillery. It has special Balvenie branding on the headrest and interiors. Though it’s a newer build, the car has all the classic stylings of some of Britain’s most beautiful vehicles.

The winning bidder will get these five single-cask malt whiskies in a bespoke frame. | The Balvenie photo
The winning bidder will get these five single-cask malt whiskies in a bespoke frame. | The Balvenie photo

Five bottles of whisky are included in the auction. All are single-cask malts distilled to celebrate the work of David C. Stewart, the longest-serving malt master in the world. They are stored in a bespoke Cherrywood and brass frame.

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Chris Munro, who heads Christie’s wine department in the Americas, said the lot has an estimated sales price between $100,000 and $150,000.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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