The late Sir Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce Corniche and BMW Isetta will go under the hammer on July 30 at Saviles Hall, Leeds, to raise funds for the charitable trust that bears his name.
Sir Jimmy, who hosted Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, had wanted many of his souvenirs and possessions auctioned.
The Rolls-Royce is no. 46 of the last 56 Rolls-Royces made at Crewe, and bears a commemorative plaque. It is only one of nine in right-hand drive. The personalized number plate, JS 247, denotes Sir Jimmy’s initials and the medium wave frequency on which Radio 1 was broadcast from 1967 to 1978. It has covered 4,420 miles from new and is expected to fetch between £60,000 and £90,000.
He had purchased the BMW Isetta 300 Plus new in 1965 while a DJ in Manchester. The car has undergone a full restoration by Lee Turnham, the Isetta Owners’ Club registrar, and features a roof-mounted orange warning light that Savile installed after a lorry driver failed to see the vehicle. Among the passengers was HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
Further details of the auction lots can be found at Dreweatts’ website, www.dnfa.com.