Lost Treasures: In Search of the Stars’ Cars

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Lost Treasures: In Search of the Stars' Cars-treasures

Jim Morrison at the wheel of his Mustang. This shot is from the film "HWY"

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Rock stars love cars. After their death, the vehicles often disappear. The fact that some people go looking for them has more to do with enthusiasm. Cars are a lucrative business.

S.For six weeks in the summer of 2012, the “MSC Flaminia” drifted like a ghost ship on the high seas. No port wanted the ship and its hot, poisonous goods. The reason: a fire in the middle of the container ship, which was very difficult to extinguish. The public documents relating to the cargo also show: 16 cars or car parts from a vintage car collection were on board and were stored in containers exactly where the embers continued to eat their way through the ship. In the end, after a difficult recovery that only the Jade-Weser-Port wanted to take over, the cars were just lumps.

It remains a secret whether the vehicles that were loaded in Charlston, USA and were to be brought to Antwerp also included some with famous first owners. For example the missing Shelby GT 500 from Jim Morrison or the Corvette from Jimi Hendrix, for which car fans and music lovers are still on the lookout. With a little luck, it could have been another way to solve the fate of a vanished classic car.

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Elvis Presley’s famous pink Cadillac is in Graceland, the musician’s private estate

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All too often, the stars‘ vehicles disappear never to be seen again. In the past, the cars were often sold by the managers to pay off the artists’ debts. An exception is Elvis Presley; the most famous vehicle of the "King of Rock ‘n’ Roll", the legendary "Pink Cadillac", can be seen in Graceland.

Jimi Hendrix also had a special relationship with cars. The guitarist owned several Corvettes, but never had a driver’s license. He is said to have badly wrecked his first Corvette, a Stingray, in an accident. There are various rumors about where exactly this happened. Some say the car ended after a session with Cream in California; others claim Hendrix put it against a tree on Maui, Hawaii.

Joplin’s Porsche is said to be in Cleveland

His last car was a Corvette Cortez Silver with a V8 engine. In 1970 Hendrix died in a hotel room in London at the age of 27. His car was said to be in New York at the time; he had been seen driving there several times, including at the Harlem Street Festival. His manager at the time sold the car. From this point on, the car has disappeared.

Janis Joplin bought a Porsche in 1968 even though she praised her desire for a Mercedes. It was a 1965 convertible, a 356C. Only just under 17,000 of these had been produced. The car already had disc brakes and an upgraded engine. Her roadie David Richards couldn’t be stopped from beautifying the car, and so the car was given a psychedelic look that the artist called "The History of the Universe".

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Janis Joplin poses in front of her colorful 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet in 1965

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After Joplin’s sudden death in 1970, the car disappeared. For a long time no one knew where he was. A Porsche exhibited in a museum in Texas turned out to be a fake. In the 1970s, the eye-catching car allegedly reappeared in different places, but it was never the original.

In the end, it turned out that Janis Joplin’s parents had passed the car on to the manager and it was eventually forgotten for some time. The Porsche is said to have been bought back by Janis ’family, and the original (but without the work of the roadie) is said to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland today.

Morrison’s car made an appearance on "Highway"

Many of the stars of the 1970s had a penchant for beautiful, fast cars and not, as is the case today, for cars that were as flashy and often tasteless as possible. The best negative example is the pink Bentley Continental from Paris Hilton. But perception has also changed over the years. Jim Morrison’s Shelby GT 500 would be called a hipster car today.

The lead singer of the band The Doors was one of 2500 owners of the exclusive car. Morrison was a passionate driver and affectionately called the car "Blue Lady". He bought the sports car in 1967 after the success of "Light My Fire".

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Jim Morrison owned a Shelby GT500. According to a rumor, the singer is said to have forgotten the car at the airport

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There are a thousand different versions of where the car might have gone. The nicest thing is that Morrison simply parked the Shelby at the Los Angeles airport and left it there. If this story is true, the police probably got the car and then sold it on at some point. And here his track is lost. Anyone who wants to see the car can still do so: The "Blue Lady" and the singer appear in the film "Highway: An American Pastoral", a rather absurd work from 1969.

One person who is passionate about Morrison’s GT is Patrick Smith. It was also the American who spoke to the film producer Christian Mixon and published his statement on his blog. In Mixon’s opinion, the Shelby is in some collector’s garage, forgotten, possibly neglected. The fact that the car did not appear on the market when Oliver Stone made the film about the Doors is an unmistakable sign of this.

When scrap makes millions

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Rust, splinters, flat tires: this is what is left of the collection that the French transport company Roger Baillon started over 60 years ago. The vehicles found auto specialtyten of the Artcurial auction house on an estate in western France. Even with the first appraisal, a Packard Eight Cabriolet from 1938, for example, was estimated at 15,000 to 25,000 euros, despite being scrapped.

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As part of the Paris classic car fair Retromobile, the treasures that Baillon had once wanted to restore came under the hammer of the Artcurial auction house. Covered with verdigrisgen was also a …

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… Facel Vega Excellence found. The luxury car, produced from 1958 to 1964, succumbed to the American hype in European car manufacturing. It had a panoramic windshield as well as small tail fins. In addition, there was no B-pillar for easy entry between the opposing doors. Also cars from the last French luxury brand that went under after the Second World War…

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… Delahaye are part of the Baillon Collection. This 135-M convertible from 1948 was once dressed by coachbuilder Faget-Varnet. Some blemishes that the time brought with it, too …

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… this Delahaye 235. The model appeared in 1951, four years before the legendary Mercedes 190 SL, which many classic fans consider to be its stylistic predecessor. The ailing specimen mit 40,618 kilometers on the odometer got its body from the coachbuilder Chapron. Has survived to this day, albeit not with luxury cars

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… the Citroën brand. This Type C 5 HP Torpedo Clover from the 1920s was also discovered.

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A gem of the collection is the Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua from 1956. The Italian sports car is in comparatively good condition, as you can see from it …

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… Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB also offered at auction cannot claim. Racing versions of this model competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, among others. The specimen now discovered belonged …

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… once King Faruq of Egypt. On November 5, 1949, the coupe, whose beauty can only be guessed at, was bought by the coachbuilder Saoutchik in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Pariss delivered. However, it is considered the most valuable model in the Baillon Collection …

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… this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB. The car was auctioned for 14.2 million euros. It once belonged …

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… Actors Alain Delon, Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were photographed with him. Despite the pitiful condition, the value of the entire collection increases valued at more than 20 million euros. Money that the entrepreneur once lacked for restoration. His company went bankrupt in the 1970s. Part of the collection was already auctioned at that time. The rest was forgotten.

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A fate that sounds entirely plausible when you look at what happened around Roger Baillon’s collection. The French haulier had hoarded a number of classics on an estate in western France, only to open a car museum there one day. But things turned out differently, the unique collection was forgotten and finally rotten away for several decades.

The discovery a few months ago caused a stir. Despite the pitiful condition, the value of the collection was estimated by experts at more than 20 million euros. This forecast was exceeded at an auction in Paris. For example for the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB, which belonged to the actor Alain Delon from 1963 to 1965. For a long time the car, of which only 37 were built, was considered lost. It went off the auction for $ 14.2 million.

So it’s no wonder that fans aren’t the only ones looking for celebrity cars that have disappeared. It doesn’t just have to do with sentimentality, because the starscars are often extremely lucrative business as well.

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