Sir Jim’s wagon goes up for sale at auction

Jimmy Savile's 1978 Range Rover, being sold at auction on Feb 18th. Picture by www.Classicmobilia.co.uk
Jimmy Savile's 1978 Range Rover, being sold at auction on Feb 18th. Picture by www.Classicmobilia.co.uk

A ONE-OFF piece of Jimmy Savile memorabilia will soon be going under the hammer.

This 1978 Range Rover Carawagon estate - registration number YBL 322T - was owned by the star when he was at the height of his fame in the late 1970s.

Credit pic to www.Classicmobilia.co.uk  'The double bed interior of Jimmy Savile's 1978 Range Rover, being sold at auction on Feb 18th, by Classicmobilia.'submitted pic

Credit pic to www.Classicmobilia.co.uk 'The double bed interior of Jimmy Savile's 1978 Range Rover, being sold at auction on Feb 18th, by Classicmobilia.'submitted pic

It has a double mattress in the back, its own sink and even comes with the faintest smell of rich Cuban cigar smoke.

Sir Jim used to sleep in it when he was travelling between his five houses while doing charity work.

The custom-made, three door 4x4 is now on public display before being auctioned off to the highest bidder tomorrow at a historic car auction in Surrey.

The estimate for the white off-roader, which has a luxurious beige interior, is between £11,000 and £16,000.

As well as the vehicle itself, its new owner will also have unique registration documents signed by the legendary Leeds DJ who passed away last October.

John Tomlin, from Historics at Brooklands who are handling the sale, said: “It’s a 1978 Range Rover estate bought by Jimmy Savile from new.

“He specified a Carawagon conversion. They were a Midlands company which specialised in modifying Range Rovers, mostly for the military.

“This one has two mattresses in the back, curtains along the windows and a metal wash basin with running water.

“Sir Jimmy owned it and it’s registered to him and comes complete with the original log book. He bought it in 1978 and sold it in 1983. As far as I’m aware it has had seven owners since Sir Jimmy sold it.”

Sir Jim’s fleet of motors included Rolls Royces, a BMW bubble car and a £158,000 Bentley Continental GT Convertible.