When it comes to used high-end sports and classic cars, provenance is everything. If the car up for sale has been owned by a Beatle, Ayrton Senna or David Beckham, then the chances are that the price will be inflated to match.
Not all vehicles have such an illustrious history, however. Three bona-fide supercars and a leather-lined Rolls-Royce to be offered at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale – to be held at the British motorsport event on June 26 – were owned by a London gangster branded ‘Don Car-leone’.
Recovered from fugitive Alexander Surin by the National Crime Agency – after he admitted that they had been purchased with the proceeds of crime – and now up for sale under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the money raised by these high-end machines – which is expected to top £1 million – will go back into the public purse.
Most exotic of the cars seized, is a gleaming red Ferrari Enzo, which has covered just 1,285 miles and is predicted to sell for up to £800,000 – nearly twice its original price. Least expensive of the motors up for grabs is a black Rolls-Royce Phantom, with black alloy wheels.
Found with £800,000 of cash in the boot according to the Daily Mail, this machine “displays 9,630 miles on the odometer, which you should be aware is not the total mileage from new” according to auction house Bonhams, which is managing the sale. Unusually for a Roller, the Phantom is also for sale with no documents, which explains the relatively low £30,000 to £50,000 estimate.
Surin’s 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, meanwhile, is set to raise between £60,000 and £90,000 having covered a mere 132km. A similarly low mileage 2009 Ferrari California is poised to sell for around £50,000 to £80,000.
Interestingly, all of these four cars are being sold without reserve, so buyers not put off by their colourful past could bag themselves a bargain at the sale next week.