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- Posted on Aug 2nd 2011 3:30PM by Jason MacNeil
The car, which was once owned by the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and appears in the band's 1976 concert film, 'The Song Remains the Same,' is looking for a new home. Current owner Bruce Screen -- who, according to British publication Express and Star, acquired the vehicle in 2000 and has kept it locked up in his garage since as he was "too frightened to drive it on the roads" -- is hoping a museum will snap up the beauty.
According to a 2009 Boston Herald article, Andy Brizio built the car in San Francisco and shipped it to Britain for Bonham, who reportedly purchased it in 1974. The car -- with "Andy's" painted on the hood -- was used in the 1976 flick during Bonham's "fantasy sequence" where he drove through fields while performing 'Moby Dick.'
"It needs to be seen and looked after. I'd be interested to hear from people with ideas about where it could go," Screen told the paper, encouraging people to contact him through firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions.
This car isn't the first rock star vehicle looking for a new home this year, either.
Last week, Sheryl Crow announced she's auctioning her 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SI Roadster on Aug. 11, with funds helping the city of Joplin, Missouri recover from a recent tornado. As well, Ringo Starr's 1968 cherry red Ford Mustang sold for $43,665 US last weekend at auction according to MuscularMustangs.com. And on July 31 it was announced that George Harrison's Ferrari 365 GTC is up for auction, too, with the opening bid at $600,000. Harrison bought the car in 1969 for £4,000 before selling it in the mid-1970s.
Finally, earlier this year, Slash auctioned a 1966 Corvette Coupe for $108,000 with most of the proceeds going to charity. And Bruce Springsteen's first car sold for $468,000 in March.
As for Bonham's former Ford, perhaps another British rock drummer might buy the car to add to his collection. Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is a noted gear head and also owned (and may still own) a Model T previously used by comedic duo Laurel and Hardy. He also recently became an adviser for IGA Automobile LP, an investment group planning to purchase more than £90 million worth of classic cars. So here's hoping the car ends up with a guy like Mason if the museum plan doesn't pan out.