Two classic cars owned by Who frontman Roger Daltrey heading to auction

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They're no magic bus, but Who frontman Roger Daltrey is selling two classic cars at upcoming auctions. | The Who photo
They're no magic bus, but Who frontman Roger Daltrey is selling two classic cars at upcoming auctions. | The Who photo

A 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Sports Saloon and a 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante formerly owned by The Who frontman Roger Daltrey will soon go to auction.

The Rolls-Royce will be offered by H&H Classics at its Duxford sale on October 17. One of just 35 right-hand-drive Silver Cloud III Sports Saloons made that wears Flying Spur coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward, it has an estimated value of £165,000 ($217,000) to £185,000 ($244,000).

We don’t know if he could see for miles, but Roger Daltrey certainly drove this Rolls-Royce a bit when he owned it. | H&H Classics photo

In a news release, H&H said Daltrey bought the car from Peter Vernon-Kell, an early member of The Who and a personal friend, in the early 1970s and owned it for five years.

But Daltrey wasn’t the only famous person to own the Rolls-Royce. It was also owned by Wensley Haydon-Baillie, who was, at one point, one of the wealthiest people in Britain.

The car has changed hands several times since then and underwent a refurbishment the past few years.

It has unmarked Regal Red coachwork paired with a Cream hide interior and red carpets. H&H said the seller described the car -– including the 6.2-liter V8 engine with 92,000 miles on it –- as being in “excellent” condition.

The Rolls-Royce will be sold with its factory build sheet, full original tool kit and sundry invoices.

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Silverstone Auctions will offer the Aston Martin at its upcoming sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show in Birmingham that runs November 10-11.

Daltrey bought this Aston Martin after The Who's Tommy album made them world famous. | Silverstone Auctions photo
Daltrey bought this Aston Martin after The Who’s Tommy album made them world famous. | Silverstone Auctions photo

“A car owned by an icon in rock music history is a very special offering,” Arwel Richards, one of the company’s classic car specialists, said in a news release. “This classic Aston has been incredibly well cared for and presents to a wonderful standard, even after being owned by a gentleman known for smashing his instruments.”

Daltrey bought the car from a British dairy farm heir and later sold it back to the same heir, who sold it to the current owner in 2009. The car retains its original SK 6463 registration and has an estimated value between £160,000 ($211,000) to £185,000 ($244,000).

The car wears a Tourmaline Blue paint job and a Fawn leather interior and hood. It underwent a bare metal respray, minor structural work and a new hood was put on in 1994.

The odometer reads 66,800 miles, but just 3,000 of those have been put on the car since the respray. The V8 engine capable of making 320 horsepower was recently tuned up.

Like the Rolls-Royce, the Aston Martin will be sold with some documents, including the original bill of sale, service books and receipts.

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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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Roger daltrey you looking great you rock brother you always rock that stage man hope to meet you one day many more years to come

    • Why is it that the “English” only buy British cars? I’ll tell you why. The sorry tariffs they put on American goods. Plenty of Americans died on Liberty ships during lend-lease so they didn’t starve for food and could fight the Germans.

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