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Is this the ultimate Bond-villain car?
Auric Goldfinger! Dr Julius No! Ernst Stavro Blofeld! Good news! We’ve found your next car - a gold-plated, mink-upholstered, ivory-switched 1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six. The price? One MILLION dollars.
For those of a non-megalomanic disposition, here’s a bit of background. The car was created for the 1958 London motorshow by Austin-Healey PR boss, and Stirling Moss’s former manager, Ken Gregory. Clearly a man of taste and distinction, he promoted the new model by plating the bumpers, wheels, disc brakes, instruments, keys, and even the washers and screws with 24-carat gold.
Inside, he trimmed the seats, dashboard, and door cards in champagne Connolly leather, added Champagne Diadem Mink by London furrier Lorna Doon Snow, and replaced all the switchgear - including the steering wheel - with genuine ivory. Not an animal lover, then.
At the time, the carmaker valued it at £4,000 - nearly four times the cost of a standard Austin-Healey roadster. But the current eBay vendor (a, erm, Jeep specialist) reckons the fully restored show car’s worth $1,000,000.00. Which is around £600,000. Chump change for any self-respecting Evil Tycoon. Any nominations for a more Bond-villainish car than this one?