Stars and their cars

Elton John Musician

by staff writer JP

A rare Aston Martin formerly owned by one of the biggest music stars

Sir Elton’s hand-built 1997 V8 Vantage V550, which he ordered new from the world famous Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, sold for £219,375 in early 2018 at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale.

Looking amazing in black with a black leather interior, the car once owned by the man who wrote such hits as A Candle in the Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Rocket Man is capable of 0-60mph in under five seconds and hitting a top speed of 186mph.

"As well as enjoying celebrity ownership, this stunning V8 Vantage has been maintained regardless of expense"
Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions

Step inside the cabin and this must-have motor still has a ‘new car’ smell and is swimming in sumptuous wood and leather. In addition, it is thought that only 240 standard V550s were ever made, making them highly collectable no matter who the previous owner was. The exterior is also a beauty to behold. A deep front spoiler, lower stance and flared wheel arches combine to give it a fearsome appearance.

Chassis number #70174 has undergone considerable expenditure at respected marque specialist Rikki Cann. The car also has its original service books and invoices; being rare to see one of the last coach built Aston Martins at auction.