Dodge Charger owned by Bruce Willis and Jay Kay to go under the hammer in the UK
American muscle car imported by Jamiroquai front man has received a comprehensive restoration, and could fetch £60,000 at Silverstone Auctions later this month
A 1969 Dodge Charger owned by the actor Bruce Willis and musician Jay Kay could fetch £60,000 when it goes up for auction later this month.
The classic muscle car is finished in a shiny gloss black paint job with a hand-finished leather interior, inspired by the model used in the 1968 movie Bullitt starring Steve McQueen.
Bruce Willis took ownership of the car in 1998 when his wife, actress Demi Moore, bought it for him as a gift. The American actor owned the car for 10 years, before selling it to Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay in 2008, when it was imported to the UK.
The Charger comes with a comprehensive history file, which shows that the musician spent £25,000 having the car overhauled, including an engine rebuild, in 2014. It is likely that part of this work included increasing the engine displacement, as this model has an 8.2-litre V8 under the bonnet – the Charger was only sold with a 6.3-litre engine in 1969, and the largest engine ever fitted as standard was a 7.2-litre V8.
Performance figures have not been disclosed, but will be far in excess of the standard car’s 330bhp.
Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, which is overseeing the sale, said: “What can we say about this amazing car? Aside from the fact that it has been enjoyed by two massive global mega-stars – Bruce Willis and Jay Kay – it is also an unbelievable example in its own right.
“Indeed, its star-studded celebrity past will attract interest from bidders around the world, who will also appreciate that it is one of the best examples of a 1969 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ spec model currently available to buy.”
This ‘Bullit-spec’ 1969 Dodge Charger will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Classic Car Sale on February 24, with an estimate of £50,000 to £60,000.
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