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Frank Sinatra’s Rolls Royce Could be Yours

In our opinion, there is nothing more exciting than a great car owned by a great celebrity, with we at Limo Broker being lucky enough to boast some pretty extraordinary cars on our books. This is why we are thrilled to learn of a new Rolls Royce up for grabs. According to sources, a Roller previous owned by the one and only Frank Sinatra is on the market.

But, unlike many celebrity cars, this car was actually used by the music sensation, not just left in a garage to rust. Bought for the ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ singer, the 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was a 70th birthday present, gifted to Sinatra by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

A £125,000 price tag

Brought over from New York to the UK when purchased after the star’s death, the car will now go up for auction at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham. Taking place on November 10th, the car is expected to fetch a commendable £125,000. Having recently had £47,000 spent on it to restore it, the Rolls Royce is in a truly spectacular state.

“Frank Sinatra is a name that has remained prominent in the world of music and culture and even since his death in 1998, Sinatra’s films and music are still revered as some of the greatest of all time,” said Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“Offering Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Rolls-Royce at auction for the first time in its history presents an amazing opportunity for film, music and car fans alike. The influence Sinatra still holds over the music and film industry to this day is real evidence of the respect and love he garnered throughout his career.”

Let us know what you think, would you part with £125,000 for Frank Sinatra’s car?

UK-Roads

Chancellor’s Budget Revealed £30Bn is to be Spent on UK Roads

Whatever industry you work in, you will no doubt have had an opinion on this year’s Autumn Budget. Announcing various pending changes, Budget announcements infamously split opinion. And this year was no different.  

However, one thing that we can all surely agree on is that Government’s pledge to spend £30bn on improving our roads is a good thing. Welcomed by our chauffeur drivers and of course, our customers, big changes for our transport infrastructure are on the horizon.  

But, how will the money be spent? Well, according to Chancellor Phillip Hammond, £420million will be given to local councils, with the money being handed over during this financial year. This will be with the intention of “tackling potholes, repairing damaged roads, and keeping bridges open and safe”.  

Upgrades and new motorways  

These upgrades will be actioned between 2020 and 2025. While a huge focus has been placed on upgrading our roads and lanes, there have been talks of additional motorways being created, making Britain a safer place to drive with less congestion. An additional £150M will be put towards making improvements to local roads. This will typically involve constructing roundabouts, extra lanes and so on.

The money has come from the National Roads Fund; a pot of cash that can been funded by the road tax you and I pay every year. This is however the first time money from road tax has been spent in this way. 

Fuel and autonomous transport  

As well as an improved transport infrastructure, UK drivers were also thrilled to hear that tax on fuel duty will not increase this year. This is ninth year in a row rates have been frozen. Money will also be injected into local transport projects. These include routes for cycling, trams and buses, with Government also supporting “next-generation methods of transport” like autonomous vehicles.  

Let us know what you think about the Budget by leaving your comments with us.  

Students help Bentley design the cars of the future

Having just celebrated their 100th year in the business, Bentley are going to great lengths to remain popular in the ever-changing world of transport. Getting involved in various electric and driverless car projects, Bentley has this week placed focus on the future of British transportation. Roping in the help of Royal College of Art students, Bentley asked students to create images of what they thought cars would look like in 2050. And, what they came up with was nothing short of genius.

While the designs were certainly exercising the theme of radicality, many of the mechanical concepts were not too farfetched. Though all different in design, the general consensus was that cars will symbolise individuality and freedom in 2050, with transport of the future being about a lot more than getting from A to B. It was also agreed that the conventional, internal combustion engine would no longer be a popular car makeup. Instead, people will occasionally drive conventional cars, simply for the feeling of nostalgia. Mostly drivers are expected to travel in fully-electric, automated cars.

“Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration we asked millennial students for their vision of the future,” says Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff.

“We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training, if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”

Let us know what you think, will we be driving in such outlandish cars in just 30 years’ time?

Marilyn Monroe’s wedding car is up for sale

As you know, here at Limo Broker, we love nothing more than an extravagant wedding car; cars that have a real story to tell. This is why in recent years, we have made further additions to our vintage fleet, wanting to share the wonderful cars of history with our customers.

Displaying such a passion for the vehicle of yesteryear, we were understandably intrigued to hear that Marilyn Monroe’s wedding car was up for sale. As a woman renowned for being a hopeless romantic, the blonde bombshell had various high-profile partners. However, the car up for sale, the 1955 Ford Thunderbird, was used on her third wedding to Arthur Miller. Bought for her by Milton Greene, Monroe’s business partner and photographer, the convertible provided the backdrop for many iconic Monroe pictures.

Up for sale for a respectable $500,000, the car is a rare beauty. However, its beauty has been largely concealed for the last 50 years or so, with its anonymous owner keeping the car in a garage.

Bosting ‘Raven Black’ exterior and gleaming white interior, the car works with a classic black and white colour theme. Equally as impressive under the bonnet, the Ford also transmits a 225 horsepower V-8 engine, having a top speed of 113mph.

More than just a wedding car

But, this car was not just the actress’ wedding car, but the only car to be registered in her name.

Speaking about the car in the past, Amy Greene, Milton Greene’s wife, said:

“Marilyn liked to drive. We’d take the convertible and with the top down, we’d go sailing along the highway.

“We both liked to feel the wind in our faces and the warmth of the heater on our legs.”

Let us know what you think, does the Thunderbird warrant the $500,000 price tag? leave your comments below.

2019 Bentleys to receive special features

From new, unique anniversary models to special events, Bentley is marking its 100th year in business in various different ways. As a huge accolade for the brand, Bentley has this week announced that the cars of 2019, their 10-decade anniversary, will boast a string special features. According to relevant sources, all vehicles built in the year will have the ‘Centenary Specification’, ensuring that in years to come, these cars will be identifiable as ‘special’.  

These features will include unique, exclusive badges, broidery, colours as well as keys.  

Adding an air of finery and sophistication to the vehicles made within the year, 2019 Bentleys will have extra attention paid to them. However, die-hard fans are most looking forward to the Centenary Gold headrest logos and stitching; a change that will turn your average Bentley into a limited edition. highly sought-after motor. Providing the vehicles with what many are calling a ‘collector status’, the cars will also boast specially-designed treadplates a feature the ‘1919-2019’ display. 

A splash of gold

However, these splashes of gold are not your conventional gold colour. Bentley has been very selective about the colour used, bringing the gold used on vintage marques like the 1919 EXP 2 and 1929 ‘Birkin’ Blower back to life. Said to be ‘a refined metallic gold’, the shade apparently catches the light in the same way as expensive jewellery does.  

It goes without saying that these Bentleys will probably cost a tad more than your conventional marques. However, when it comes to this prestigious millstone, it appears no expense is being spared. Bentley are even releasing a book that will feature images of the greatest cars from the last century.  

Let us know what you think, is Bentley going slightly overboard with the birthday celebrations? Or, does such a huge birthday warrant a big celebration?