Further information on the car that was sold on e-bay by Westminster City Council has come to light in this week's edition of Classic Car Weekly.
As previously stated it was a one owner Rover P5 and was in fact bought new in 1962 by a European Countess Renee de Vismes which she kept and drove until her death. After her death, the car was left in a car park for six years, and then removed by the Council.
So whoever has become the new owner, they will have some very good history to go with it.
The paper says it is carrying on with it's policy of selling off abandoned cars, so we might see one or two further classics come up on the auction site.
The classic car belonging to a European aristocrat was sold on eBay for £4,100 by a local authority under a new zero-tolerance regime of seizing abandoned vehicles and auctioning them on the internet. Westminister city council said the sale of the Rover P5 belonging to Countess Renee de Vismes should act as a warning to drivers who leave their parked cars collecting unpaid tariffs or fines. The practice has been so successful since it started a few weeks ago that other councils are set to follow suit. De Vismes died six years ago, but her family and benefactors forgot about her black 1962 Rover that was parked in a NCP car park near the Grosvenor House hotel in central London. Council officials said selling unwanted vehicles on the internet was the most efficient way to dispose of them. Her son Henry de Vismes, 58, is the former managing director of Citigroup Asset Management in New York.
He said: "She was very fond of that car. My father bought it and she loved driving it after he passed away."
The increase in the number of abandoned cars in London to 200 a day reveals a throwaway culture in the capital. Westminster claims that it regularly picks up top-of-the-range models owned by international businessmen who have simply forgotten about them. Previous vehicles sold have included sports cars and a Range Rover, sold for £6,600.
John,too right, I can see some American (who just loves us British, and Irish. Can't leave Eamonn out), buying it and showing it off to the folks back home stating how it belong to a countess. It has a rather interesting history though, with a nice association.