David Bowie's Volvo 262C sells for £160,000 at auction

A gorgeous Volvo coupe formerly owned by the legendary David Bowie has sold at auction in Switzerland for over £160,000.

The 1981 car is a 262C – a Volvo 200-series based coupe, styled by Italian design house Bertone. It was intended to compete with luxury coupes in the American market, but its Italian/Swedish natured appealed to a certain niche buyer worldwide.

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Bowie ordered one of the very last 262Cs, and it was delivered to him in Switzerland in June 1981 – originally under his real name of David Robert Jones. His car did without the vinyl roof of earlier models, but was still very well equipped – with leather seats, cruise control, alloy wheels and a Blaupunkt hifi system.

It's fitted with a 155bhp, 2.8-litre V6 engine mated to a three-speed automatic gearbox. Sports car it ain't, but boulevard cruising could hardly be done in more style.

A desirable car then, helped further by its low mileage of just 33,000 and being in "very good and well maintained original condition", according to the auction house. Despite this, the original estimate was just 65,000-75,000 Swiss Francs (£49,000-£57,000).

However the car's rarity and connection to a rock legend clearly helped its value, and it eventually sold for 212,800 Swiss Francs.

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