One owner from new,1989 Excalibur Series V Roadster  Chassis no. 1XARF231KM891536

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Lot 611
One owner from new, 1989 Excalibur Series V Roadster
Registration no. B1 SHH Chassis no. 1XARF231KM891536

Sold for £ 15,525 (US$ 20,941) inc. premium
One owner from new
1989 Excalibur Series V Roadster
Registration no. B1 SHH
Chassis no. 1XARF231KM891536

Footnotes

  • The Excalibur story began back in 1964 when renowned industrial designer Brooks Stevens, at that time working as a consultant to Studebaker, was asked to design a show car for that year’s New York Auto Show. An avid automobile enthusiast and collector, Stevens was a fan of the pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK and sold the idea of a ‘contemporary classic’ take on the German sports car to Studebaker, at that time Mercedes importers. For the ‘Mercebaker’, Stevens used a modified Studebaker Daytona chassis, which was clothed in retro-styled glassfibre coachwork that he had first sketched on a place-mat one lunchtime. Built in just eight weeks, the prototype Excalibur SS was ready three days before the New York Auto Show where it caused something of a sensation, albeit too late to save the ailing Studebaker Corporation. A long list of potential buyers resulted, one of whom - a Chevrolet dealer - asked if the car could be built with a Chevrolet engine. Stevens was only too happy to oblige. An advertisement in the Wall Street Journal generated sufficient deposits to enable production to start, and in 1966 the company moved into premises in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since then Excaliburs have been owned by many famous celebrities including Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Curtis, Sonny & Cher, Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason. One of the most enthusiastic owners is Phyllis Diller, she has purchased four of them, with King Juan Carlos of Spain one of the more recent customers.
    This example was purchased new in 1990 by the lady vendor’s husband as a present for her and imported from the USA into Belgium, from whence it was sent to Andorra and imported from there into the UK in 1997. ‘Partial’ importation into Portugal – where the vendor lives – followed before the Excalibur was repatriated on the death of her husband. A mere 18,440 miles have been covered from new, testimony to the family’s ‘gypsy’ lifestyle. The car is powered by a 5,770cc V8 engine and boasts several delightful ‘period’ features including twin side mounted spare wheels, twin spot lamps – adjustable from within the cockpit, full wood dashboard, wire wheels and concealed two-person dickey seat. Finished in white with red leather interior, it is offered with fresh MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The V5 registration document is currently at the DVLA and will be forwarded upon purchase.
One owner from new,1989 Excalibur Series V Roadster  Chassis no. 1XARF231KM891536
One owner from new,1989 Excalibur Series V Roadster  Chassis no. 1XARF231KM891536
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