Robert Redford’s Rolls-Royce From The Great Gatsby Is Up For Auction
It’s pretty, isn’t it, old sport!
Automobile lovers will no longer have to stare longingly across a lake at Robert Redford’s Rolls-Royce. The iconic yellow car featured in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is set to go to auction on the 12th October.
The 1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton played a prominent role in The Great Gatsby, with the automobile representing the titular character’s constructed extravagance and opulence. “It was a rich cream colour, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory, we started to town.”
To match F. Scott Fitzgerald’s description in the 1925 novel, the car was repainted yellow and the interior dyed green. From 2011 to 2019, the Rolls-Royce underwent a ground-up restoration, costing over US$1 million. Listed by Classic Promenade, the 1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton has been given a pre-sale estimate of between US$1.5-2 million, a pricetag worthy of its fictional owner.