Music star and lifelong automobile fan Jay Kay is offloading a selection of cars from his extensive collection as part of a Silverstone Auctions sale taking place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from November 10 to 11.
The Jamiroquai frontman, who famously set a long-standing lap record on BBC Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” driving challenge, has consigned six modern classics dating from 1989 to 2016 to the auction, together with a 1967 Ford Mustang built to replicate the one driven by Steve McQueen in the cult movie Bullitt.
Tipped to fetch up to £68,000, the Mustang will be offered alongside a 2016 McLaren 675 LT that is one of just 500 built. Finished in chicane grey with a distinctive orange-trimmed interior, it carries more than £50,000 worth of factory extras and is estimated to sell for £230,000 to £280,000.
Also in virtually new condition is a 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S (£75,000 to £85,000) in night blue metallic that has clocked a mere 11,600 miles and benefits from a suitably high-end Bose sound system as well as the track-orientated Sports Chrono instrument set-up and a high-performance exhaust.
An example of BMW’s autobahn-storming 850CSi grand tourer from 1996, complete with 380 horsepower, 5.5-litre V12 engine and desirable manual gearbox, is one of just 138 supplied to the UK and will be on offer at £80,000 to £100,000, while one of 505 examples of the marque’s E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto limited edition from 1989 – built to celebrate the racing driver’s 1988 European Touring Car Championship win – is expected to draw bids of up to £85,000.
The two remaining cars are a 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible (£30,000 to £35,000) finished in thistle green and complete with its factory hard top and a 1996 Volvo estate – which is a little more rock ’n’ roll than it sounds, being one of the high-performance 850R Sport Wagon variants designed with input from Porsche and capable of 158mph. And it’s estimated at just £15,000 to £18,000 – which is surely “Virtual Insanity”...