Jay Kay, the front man for British jazz-funk band Jamiroquai, will send a group of classic cars with an estimated value approaching $1 million to an upcoming auction in England.
The Jay Kay Collection will be offered as separate lots by Silverstone Auctions at the National Exhibition Centre Motor Show in Birmingham on November 10-11.
The most notable car in the collection is likely the 2016 McLaren 675 LT. One of just 500 built, the left-hand drive McLaren has fewer than 2,000 miles driven by Kay, a noted “petrolhead” overseas.
Ordered through McLaren Special Operations, this isn’t your average McLaren (if that’s even a thing). It features a unique color scheme with Chicane Grey exterior draped over the Grey-and-Orange interior. In addition to a long list of track-ready standard features, the 675 LT has special louvered front wings, a performance-enhancing roof scoop, carbon-fiber air-vent bezels and carbon-fiber touches in the interior.
Estimated value for the 675 LT is between £230,000 ($298,000) and £280,000 ($363,000).
An American classic in the Kay collection is a 1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback customized to look like the hero car from Bullitt.
The left-hand drive Mustang was “built to the exact specification of Steve McQueen’s Mustang from the legendary film,” the description reads. Originally built in New Jersey in 1967, the car underwent a full restoration in 2008.
The original 289cid V8 engine was discarded in favor of the movie car’s 390cid big block. During the restoration, the engine was rebored, crankshaft reground, new pistons and bearings fitted and all reciprocating parts balanced, according to the description.
The engine was given CNC-machined Edelbrock aluminum headers, new timing chains, a new Stage-2 Crower camshaft, an Edelbrock dual-pane aluminum manifold and an Edelbrock 750 CFM carburetor, the catalog says.
Following restoration, the car was imported to the United Kingdom, where it was purchased by Kay.
Silverstone said the Mustang has an estimated value between £58,000 ($75,000) and £68,000 ($88,000).
The remainder of Kay’s collection is comprised of German classics, but there is one outlier: A 1996 Volvo 850R Sport Wagon.
While it looks like a run-of-the-mill Volvo, the right-hand drive 850R was designed as a replacement for the limited-edition T-5R. Under the hood sits a turbocharged 2.3-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower, powering the car from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Basically, Volvo wanted the 850R to drive and look like an station wagon while offering decent performance.
This one was supplied new to Japan and brought to the UK last year.
The Volvo has an estimated value between £15,000 ($19,000) and £18,000 ($23,000).