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Muhammad Ali’s Rolls Royce could be yours!

As you know, here at Cars for Stars, we love nothing more than high-profile cars; vehicles that tell an interesting story. This is why we were thrilled to learn that Muhammed Ali’s 1970s Rolls Royce was going up to auction; a car that is set to gather some real interest over the course of the coming weeks.

A rare classic that packs a real punch!

According to sources, the car will be auctioned by none other than Bonhams, set to go under the hammer this October. But, why is this car so special? Well, aside from being the vehicle of the boxing legend, the car is also incredibly rare. The vehicle is a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward convertible; a car that we rarely get to see here at Cars for Stars.
Having been in the boxer’s possession for over 6 years, the car was not simply a trophy. Playing a part in the champ’s day-to-day life, the car boasts some real historical relevance that many collectors will want a slice of.

Bought in 1970, the year Ali was permitted to box again, many are dubbing it a celebratory purchase. Ali was a vocal objector during the Vietnam War; a stance that saw him serve a prison sentence and go down in history for his strong beliefs.

But, it is not just its celeb previous owner that makes this car special, it also boasts some pretty incredible features. Completely unrestored, the car is just one of 272 Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Wards ever made, sporting luxury interior and the classic walnut finish dashboard.

How much will the car be sold for?

This wonderful vehicle is expected to fetch anything between $47,000 and $70,000. But, what do you think? Considering you can buy a brand new Rolls Royce Ghost for less, is Ali’s old Rolls Royce really worth it?

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RR1 number plate sells for £460,000

As you will have seen on some of the images on CarsForStars.Co.Uk, many luxury hire cars boast unique number plates. Adding an extra sense of extravagance to the vehicle, number plates play a key role in the image a vehicle portrays. Being rather fascinated by the world of private plates, we were not surprised to hear of the sale of the number plate ‘RR1’. Sold for a sizable amount, an unnamed purchaser bagged this unique plate for £460,000.

Toby Wilson, head of automobilia at Bonhams, was thrilled with the result of the auction, commenting the following:

“We are delighted with this result, the most ever paid for a registration plate at a private auction.

“The impressive amount it achieved reflects the importance of Rolls-Royce in the motoring world, and also the fact that car owners are always looking for the extra something to make their pride and joy even more unique.”

According to sources, ‘RR1’ was owned by Bentley who purchased is for less than £5,000 in 1968. This means, in 50 years, the plate has increased in value by 9483%!

Though described as “one of the most special registration plates in the world’ ahead of its sale at the Goodwood Revival, the plate did not quite meet its estimate of £600,000. This means, ‘RR1’ is the second most expensive number plate ever purchased. Taking the top position is ’25 0’; a number plate that sold for a record-breaking£518,000 at a Government-run auction four years ago.

While we do not know whether the plate will adorn a stunning Rolls Royce or be sold on, one thing we do know is that there is one very rich, happy customer out there somewhere.

What are you thoughts on this, do number plates warrant the money people spend on them? Share your comments with us.

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Rolls Royce offer Isolation Chamber with new cabin separation

Over the years, it has become apparent just how much Rolls Royce value privacy, wanting their passengers to enjoy the private nature of their cars just as much as their luxuriousness. Permitting travellers to lock themselves away from the outside world, the British carmakers have introduced Electrochromatic Glass into their cars; a piece of glass that aims to safeguard the privacy of rear passengers. Separating the front and rear cabins, this glass is in-keeping with the colours and themes of the Rolls Royces in which they sit.

But, this is not just any old piece of glass. Rolls Royce have in fact integrated some incredible tech features into the partition. Controlled by the passenger, occupants of the car will be able to turn the glass from transparent to opaque at their leisure, allowing them to lock out the driver as and when they wish. What’s more is that the glass is also built with sound absorption technology, meaning the driver will not hear a peep from passengers and vice versa. Rolls Royce confirms that the glass “inhibits the transmission of conversations in the rear cabin to the front cabin.”

However, there is a feature that allows the passenger and the driver to call each other if need be.

Rolls Royce claims that this is a feature that is expected to be heavily in demand. At Cars for Stars, we could not agree more, already envisioning the benefits this feature will have on important journeys such as wedding day transport, school proms and business trips. Having already unveiled the Phantom with Electrochromatic Glass at the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show in China, we could expect more models to start including these glass separations in the near future.

Let us know what you think, is privacy just as important as luxury?

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Is Aurus the Rolls Royce of Russia?

Haven taken on a string of high-profile projects of late, Russian carmakers, Aurus, are beginning to gather some real momentum. Launching the Russian presidential limousine this month, Aurus is a brand that everyone is talking about. Credited for its efforts with their first lineup, the Russian brand has launched the Senat and Senat Limousine, showcasing these stunning cars at the Moscow motor show.

The presidential limo

Though new to the industry, the brand was tasked with creating a presidential limo; a vehicle that has been described as providing “uncompromising level of ballistic and explosive protection”. The limo will be used Russia’s new state vehicle, catching the attention of many at the inauguration of president Vladimir Putin earlier on in the year.

According to sources, the Aurus brand is propped up by Russia’s Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute, NAMI. This is under the order of Putin, with the Russian leader believing the country should not be relying on presidential vehicles shipped in from other countries. Setting up the business, Putin now allows the country to boast more control over its state fleet.

So, what features can the president enjoy from his new Aurus? Well, when it comes to speed, the cars are bursting with power. The Senat Limousine is in possession of a 4.4-litre V8 engine. Able to achieve 60mph in just 6 seconds, the car’s hybrid electric motor also offers 590bhp. Collaborating with Porsche to build the engine, the end-result has been nothing but impressive.

The Russian Rolls Royce?

While unique in its own right, the vehicle created has been compared to various Rolls Royce models. Though centered on privacy, luxury and power, can the Aurus really compete with the British carmakers? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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David Beckham caught speeding in a £160,000 Bentley

David Beckham is undeniably the coolest man on the planet. From his iconic hairstyles and look to being adorned with the most amazing body art, it seems everything he touches turns to gold. However, like most of us, even Beckham has his bad days. Just this week, it was reported that the England footballer has been accused of doing 59mph in a 40mph zone; claims Beckham denied.

Renowned for his love of fine vehicles, David Beckham boasts an extraordinary fleet of over 20 cars. Many of these vehicles are Bentleys, some of which are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

According to sources, the former England captain was travelling on the A40 between Paddington and Kensington in a stunning Bentley worth over £160,000. Court documents did however reveal that he was caught on a speed camera at 5.37pm on January 23rd. While this does seem like a rather minor offence, due to the stature of the driver, many are saying that the court will want to make an example of the high-profile figure, communicating the fact that speeding is by no means acceptable.

Sources tell that the case will be heard in a closed-door session. This will take place at Lavinder Hill Magistrates Court. This is expected to go ahead next month. However, with the dad-of-four pleading not guilty to the charges by post, will the striker swerve trouble or drive directly into a hefty fine?

If the star is found guilty, he will become the recipient of three points on his license and will be ordered to pay a fine of up to £1,000. However, with David and Victoria Beckham enjoying a joint net worth of close to 700 million pounds, we are pretty sure he can afford it.

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Manchester Pride bride travels in rainbow tram on her wedding day

When it comes to innovative wedding cars, we at Cars for Stars know our stuff. Enjoying nothing more than brides and grooms who experiment with their wedding transport, we were thrilled to see how one Manchester Bride got to the church last week. Getting married in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Pride, the bride wanted to make their mark on the city, wanting to travel to and from the wedding venue in a vehicle that caught everyone’s eye. Well, she did not fail.

Kat Mulhall and her partner, Aimee, wanted to really revel in the ‘Pride’ theme, believing the celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex culture and pride to be a fitting day to have their lesbian wedding.

Chancing her arm, Kat contacted Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), asking to reserve a Metrolink carriage for her bride on their big day. Shocked when the answer was ‘yes’, the organisation went one better, providing the happy couple with a whole tram. Adorning the exterior with stunning rainbow paint, TfGM really surprised the wedding party, allowing them to take extraordinary pictures in their unique multi-coloured carriage. Having snaps inside the vehicle, alongside its driver and outside the tram, they inevitably saw the people of the city stop and stare.

Mrs Mulhall was incredibly overwhelmed when the tram arrived. Talking after the big day, she said:

“The whole tram was decorated and our names were on the outside.

“I would definitely recommend arriving at your wedding on a tram.

“And getting married on Pride weekend too. It’s been pretty hectic but fantastic. As a same-sex couple it’s making our own little statement about being able to make your own choices in life.”

What are your thoughts on arriving at you wedding in a rainbow tram? We would love to know!

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Vladimir Putin signs bodywork of luxury wedding car

Love him or hate him, President Vladimir Putin is a fascinating man. While not too focused on his political goings-on, we do try and stay abreast of his relationship with fine cars. Having recently received his presidential limo (one that sports its own toilet!), Vladimir possesses a passion for extravagant cars.

This week, the Russian President attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl, and Austrian businessman, Wolfgang Meilinger. Proud to be invited as a guest of honour, the President was however criticised for his attendance by other politicians. According to many, images of Putin playing with dogs and dancing with the bride at the intimate ceremony were ‘inappropriate’.

While the President’s speech will have been a highlight for many, for us, it was his reaction to the couple’s wedding car. According to sources, Vladimir Putin approached the car and whipped out his pen, writing his good wishes on the bonnet of the wedding car. Adorning the wedding car with white felt tip pen, we just hope that the car was not a rental!

While taking the limelight with his calligraphy skills, his entrance also hit the headlines. According to local media, Putin exited his presidential stretched limo with Cossack singers that he had booked to serenade the newlyweds. With a large bouquet of flowers to hand and a big smile on his face, who would have thought he had such a soft side?

Let us know what you think. Is Vladimir Putin arriving at a wedding in Austria undermining the West’s stance against Moscow or should politicians have autonomy over where they go, who they go with and what cars they want to write on? Share your comments and opinions by posting your thoughts below.

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Hertz mark 100th birthday with custom 2018 Chevy Corvette Z06

Hertz, one of the most recognised names in the world of vehicle hire, has this week announced details of a new car, welcoming a custom 2018 Chevy Corvette Z06 to its rental fleet. Renowned for adding lavish cars to its ever-growing collection, the brand invested in the Chevy to mark its 100th birthday; an accolade any company would want to celebrate in style.  

Black and yellow 

According to sources, the tremendous car will sport the Hertz colour scheme; black and yellow, being nothing but eye-catching when out on the road.  

Continuing this theme throughout the car, the inside will boast black leather interior with yellow contrast stitching, allowing those that hire them to be a constant promotion for Hertz. But, it’s not just good looks this car can offer, showcasing some pretty exciting features under the bonnet. While no additional performance upgrades will be included, the vehicle will enjoy 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, expected to be much in-demand by the adrenaline-seekers of America.  

While an incredibly beautiful vehicle, British car hirers will unfortunately not get their hands on the Chevy. Commissioning just 100 of the Hertz-branded vehicles, they will only be available to hire at Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa depots.  

“Hertz is a leader in the car rental industry for delivering a premium experience that is fueled by our longstanding commitment to provide our customers with caring and efficient service, and access to a variety of specialty and top-rated vehicles,” said Hertz Senior Vice President of Brand Jayesh Patel.

“We’re thrilled to continue to delight our customers and build upon our legacy of superior service and unique vehicle offerings with our special Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06.”

How much will renting a 2018 Chevy Corvette Z06 cost?  

If you are looking to hire one of these custom vehicles then do not expect it to be cheap. Costing around $199 a day (excluding tax and insurance), these cars are understandably more expensive than your average hatchback.  

Let us know what you think, will Hertz get the interest they expect from these custom cars? We would love to hear your thoughts. Share your opinions by commenting on this post.  

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Porsche Project Gold confirmed

If, like us at Cars For Stars, you are a bit of a luxury car enthusiast, you will have heard the term ‘Porsche Project Gold’ flown around; a secret project that we are slowly being fed details of.  

As the brainchild of Porsche’s Classic division, the project will see the resurrection of the 993-generation 911 Turbo, a car that stole our hearts back in the day and is likely to do it again. As the first ever restomod for the firm, they wrote the following in their official press release.

“A classic body is the starting point for a vehicle that will ultimately become a truly unique piece –  assembled in the Porsche Classic workshop and individualized by the sports car manufacturer’s designers.” 

What is under the  bonnet? 

According to the carmakers, the new 911 will be built with a 3.6-litre twin-turbo engine, producing 444 bhp. Capable of great speeds, it appears the car will, like its original, combine good looks with even better speeds.  

A glamourous black and gold colour scheme  

As revealed in various teaser videos, The Project Gold also sports a set of black, five-spoke wheels. With gold accents in the middle and all around the trim, the black and gold colour scheme is incredibly luxurious.  

The perfect way to celebrate Porsche’s 70th birthday  

The launch of the modified classic coincides with Porsche’s 70th birthday; a huge accolade for any brand. As the ultimate gift to themselves, the project is still shrouded with a great deal of secrecy. While we do not know when the car will be unveiled to the public, we do know it will be offered to the highest bidder.  

Let us know what you think, will the end-result live up to the hype of this enigmatic Porsche Project Gold? Leave your comments below.   

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Rolls Royce unveil commemorative Silver Ghost

As you will know, at Cars For Stars, we are huge fans of the Rolls Royce brand; carmakers that excel with every car creation they bring to market. From the wonderful Phantom to the equally-as-impressive Wraith, their collection is simply sublime. However, in recent years, we have seen more calls for Rolls Royce Ghost hire, with UK travellers wanting Ghosts for weddings, proms, business trips and many other occasions.  

This is why we were thrilled to hear that Rolls Royce had unveiled a commemorative Silver Ghost; a limited edition vehicle that dates back to 1907. Resurrecting this beautiful vehicle from the past, the luxury car manufacturers have paid homage to the Silver Ghost with a 35-strong collection; a collection that is just perfect in our opinion.  

One of its stand-alone features is its solid sterling-silver Spirit of Ecstasy; a badge that signifies beauty and Rolls Royce history. What’s more is that the car boasts custom-made silver paint with specs of real silver incorporated. The wheels also feature the words ‘SILVER GHOST – SINCE 1907’, telling a story of when the original Silver Ghost first went into production.  

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented: 

“The extraordinary accomplishments of our marque’s founding fathers are honoured by the creation of this elegant ‘Silver Ghost Collection’.          

“The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective masterfully weave the rich narrative of the original ‘Silver Ghost’ into just 35 motor cars, creating a contemporary homage to the original motor car. 

“Today, our craftspeople and master artisans continue this legacy of excellence, creating unique motor cars that define luxury.” 

Matthew Butt, Product Manager of the brand also shared details of the. 

“Careful consideration has been paid to the Collection’s defining features. 

“References extolling the past are skillfully hand-crafted into Ghost’s interior and exterior, creating a contemporary homage which speaks as much of today’s great brand as the original Silver Ghost does of its day. 

“This is a truly remarkable Collection.” 

Let us know what you think about this collection by leaving your comments below.