Barbara Hutton’s Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay

Barbara Hutton's Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
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At one time, Barbara Hutton combined two of the most remarkable feminine traits in one person: one of the most glamorous women of the 1930’s, she was also the richest of the time.

The money came from daddy. She inherited the fortune he had made by building the chain of Woolworth’s “five and dime” stores. She had multiple husbands – seven, to be precise, including Cary Grant - consorted with only the most glamorous people, and lived a life of incredible wealth.

Barbara Hutton's Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
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Naturally, she had a Rolls-Royce. More accurately, her husband had a rolls-Royce. A 1933 Phantom II “drophead coupe,” to be precise. Only one other like it was ever built and it is the only one known still to exist. Ms. Hutton bought it for her husband, Russian Prince Alexis Mdivani. (This was, of course, long after Russian Princes were somewhat obsolete, the Revolution having displaced them about twenty years before.)

Barbara Hutton's Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
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The marriage to the Russian Prince didn’t last very long. (None of Ms. Hutton’s marriages lasted very long, but this one may have set the record, as it was over in a year.) But, the Prince ended up with the car following the divorce. Unfortunately, shortly after the divorce, the Prince was killed while driving the car in France.

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After the accident, the Rolls-Royce was returned to the original bodybuilder, Thrupp & Maberly, where it was completely restored.

Barbara Hutton's Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
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It has, however, been only lightly used since. Today, the odometer reads 9,999 original miles.

And, now it can be yours, provided you’re adept at bidding on eBay and, of course, you’ve got some cash – or at least a very, very large balance in your PayPal account.

Barbara Hutton's Rolls-Royce for Sale: $1.1 Million on eBay
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The starting bid is $1,100,000. As this is written, there are no bids. But, the auction doesn’t close until April 27th, and it is the nature of eBay that many bidders wait until the last moment to jump in.

The seller allows viewing the car by appointment. The car is located in North Carolina.

Source: eBay

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AK47  (1024) posted on 04.23.2008

1.1 million for a car that was made long before I was born, a car which was also involved in an accident.

If I had 1.1million, I wouldn’t be wasting it on this junk. I’d buy a 200 grand house with a garage bigger than the house itself, then I’ll buy every skyline from the R32 model (except the R33) to the GT-R, then I’ll modify them all. Then I’ll rent the house and live in the garage with my GT-Rs.

AHHH, those will be good times.

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