RM Sotheby’s has announced the addition of two superstars’ cars to be presented at its upcoming London auction this September at Battersea Evolution. A 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, once owned by pop and rock legend Rod Stewart, will join a 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 gifted to Team Lotus driver Jim Clark by Colin Chapman in the 1960s in lieu of payment for his services to the racing team. A rare 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT previously owned by famed actor Peter Sellers has already been announced for the London auction, which will be held at Battersea Evolution. The rare and iconic car appeared alongside the actor in the 1963 comedy film “The Wrong Arm of the Law”.

 

Celebrity ownership theme

The Lamborghini Miura P400 S, chassis no. 4863, is a rare right-hand drive example, delivered new to Rod Stewart in 1971. A file including the car’s original records from the dealership is included in the sale, together with the original delivery note that denotes the car’s original specification with right-hand drive, factory air conditioning, and seatbelts. The same file also features a photo of Stewart’s then-girlfriend, model Dee Harrington, pictured with another Miura alongside this ‘S’ model with its registration ‘JLL 831K’, which the car still retains.

The Miura has had a number of owners since Stewart, including more than two decades with a single enthusiast. The car was recently fully restored by Lamborghini’s in-house classic restoration department, Polo Storico, for €300,000. It is estimated to fetch £1,200,000 to £1,400,000 at RM Sotheby’s London sale.

Rod Stewart's Lamborghini Miura P400 S parked outside his house

Rod Stewart's Lamborghini Miura P400 S parked outside his house

Famous racing heritage

The 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 – registration HSH 200 – was given to Jim Clark in February 1962 in lieu of payment for his services as a works driver for Team Lotus. The original logbook is retained and was consigned to Clarksport Ltd – Clark’s trading name – and signed by the famous racing driver. The car retains its original chassis plate and Bristol Aircraft body plate, while the original engine also matches the logbook.

This Elite is one of 23 Super 95 models made, which featured a more powerful engine, modified carburetors, bonnet duct, vacuum servo-assisted brakes, long-range fuel tank, Lucas PL headlights and a dual-tone paint finish—all of which are still present today. The car is also sold with a Hobbs Mechamatic gearbox, not currently fitted. This was effectively the first sequential gearbox and was used by the Hobbs racing team, and fitted to this car by Clark. The car is estimated to achieve £150,000 to £200,000 at auction.

Jim Clark and James Scot in 1962 with Jim’s new Lotus Elite

Jim Clark and James Scot in 1962 with Jim’s new Lotus Elite

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.