When it comes to used high-end sports and classic cars, provenance is everything. If the car up for sale has been owned by a Beatle, Ayrton Senna or David Beckham, then the chances are that the price will be inflated to match.
Not all vehicles have such an illustrious history, however. Three bona-fide supercars and a leather-lined Rolls-Royce to be offered at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale – to be held at the British motorsport event on June 26 – were owned by a London gangster branded 'Don Car-leone'.
Recovered from fugitive Alexander Surin by the National Crime Agency – after he admitted that they had been purchased with the proceeds of crime – and now up for sale under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the money raised by these high-end machines – which is expected to top £1 million – will go back into the public purse.
Most exotic of the cars seized, is a gleaming red Ferrari Enzo, which has covered just 1,285 miles and is predicted to sell for up to £800,000 – nearly twice its original price. Least expensive of the motors up for grabs is a black Rolls-Royce Phantom, with black alloy wheels.
Surin's 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, meanwhile, is set to raise between £60,000 and £90,000 having covered a mere 132km. A similarly low mileage 2009 Ferrari California is poised to sell for around £50,000 to £80,000.
Interestingly, all of these four cars are being sold without reserve, so buyers not put off by their colourful past could bag themselves a bargain at the sale next week.