Liberace's golden Cadillac up for sale


Liberace's golden Cadillac up for sale

A gold-leaf covered Cadillac, once believed to have been owned by flamboyant American pianist Liberace is to go under the hammer today; expected to fetch up to £100,000.

The bodywork of the 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drop Head Coupe is covered almost entirely in 23.75 carat gold leaf and features silver exterior door handles and 24 carat gold-plated interior trim fittings. Even the wiper arms are slathered in the previous metal.

It's powered by a 5.7-litre V8 engine, which sends power to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual transmission. Despite now being 82 years-old, the car is claimed to start at the first turn of the key.

The cabin is finished in contrasting white leather upholstery, and while it is described as "not pristine" by its vendor, it does come with a fully functioning collapsible roof.

Completing the makeover is the addition of a number of precious stones, which adorn the hub caps and bonnet mascot.

These details were added in the 1970s by former owner, Kansas based Jack Smith, before it was auctioned off in 1975.

The car, which is just one of a number of classic vehicles to go under the hammer at Barons' Sandown Park auction house today, has spent the last 12 years in a German museum, which presented it as belonging to Liberace.

It is today being sold from a private collection with the bidding set to start at £85,000.

If that sounds a bit steep, the Cadillac is being joined by a 1968 Jaguar 240 saloon, which is expected to sell for around £10,000 and a 1972 Fiat 500, with an estimate of around £5,000.

Liberace's golden Cadillac

Liberace's golden Cadillac