Sir Michael Caine’s first car heads to auction – Automotive Blog

 

 

Michael Caine and his first Rolls-Royce - H&H Classics

The 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Drophead Coupe that belonged to the legendary actor Sir Michael Caine is being auctioned off on March 15 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

The Silver Shadow Two-Door Drophead Coupe, one of just 506 handcrafted by Mulliner Park Ward, an employee of Rolls-Royce from 1967 to 1971, is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000 at the H&H Classics auction.

According to the legend, an actor walked into the Jack Barclay showroom in Berkeley Square with a handwritten list of items that included “milk, bread, newspaper, cigarettes, Rolls-Royce.”

He was escorted out of the building because he was messy and unshaven, so he quickly went to Mayfair’s other Rolls-Royce dealership, H.A. Fox on Dover Street, where he saw the Silver Shadow that had been added to stock when Terence Rattigan, a playwright and screenwriter, cancelled his order for it.

Michael Caine's first Rolls-Royce

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The Italian Job star discovered that hiring a chauffeur was significantly less expensive than paying the premium his insurance had estimated he would need to pay should he choose to take the “L-plate” route after purchasing the car despite not having his own driver’s license.

He then took great joy in having his new automobile driven past the offending Jack Barclay salesman and giving him the V-sign.

The vehicle later made a significant appearance in the 1969 documentary Candid Caine.

Less than two years later, John Leonard Ernest Leach (also known as Jack Leach), the proprietor of Fulham’s Gasworks restaurant—a legendary hangout for the famous and powerful—purchased the Silver Shadow.

Leach kept the automobile for the following 43 years till his death in 2013, and it was a common sight on the Fulham and Kings roads for decades after that.

The car will go up for auction the day after Caine turns 90. The current owner gave the vehicle a thorough restoration, and it has been restored in its original shade of black.

 

 

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