H&H, Europe’s largest specialist historic and collector’s car auction house, will see its youngest-ever lot go under the hammer at Stoneleigh Park on February 26th - a three-month old Honda FR-V. H&H isn’t making the full-time move into modern car sales, however; this particular ‘baby’ is bedecked with literally dozens of signatures from a host of celebrities and was the star prize on offer to those making donations to the 2004 BBC TV’s Children in Need charity appeal.
The nippy, metallic blue, six-seater supermini is truly unique. With an estimate of £14,000-£16,000, it represents an opportunity to acquire not just an appealing and very usable modern car but also an impressive collection of celebrity autographs. Those who signed the car include: racing driver David Coulthard; singers Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Shania Twain, Alison Moyet, Jamie Cullen, Donny Osmond, Lemar, Geri Halliwell and Katie Melua; the groups Blue, West Life, Travis and Girls Aloud; actors Shane Ritchie, Amanda Holden and Maureen Lipman, and Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, Terry Wogan, Tony Blackburn, and television reporters Michael Buerk, Andrew Marr and Jenny Bond.
Many of the stars signed the car live on air during the televised appeal at the end of November 2004.
Powered by a 1.7-litre Vetec engine, it has a 21st-century spec. not generally seen on the classic cars which are more usually sold by H&H. The car boasts front, side and curtain airbags, a CD-player, ABS, ESB - and six, three-point seat belts.
And, as the lucky Children in Need supporter who won the car doesn’t drive, the FR-V has just 69 miles on the clock.
Further information on the sale can be found at www.classic-auctions.comPublished 22 January 2005