You might be surprised by Freddie Mercury's car collection.
One of the most famous and celebrated rockers of all time, Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, has rocked fans around the world. And while you'd expect a rock star like him to have owned some exotic European supercars or something equally flashy, the man's car collection is actually surprisingly low-key and conservative.
Daimler DS420 Limo
Mercury had a thing for luxury limousines, in part because the singer didn't get his driver's license until adulthood. When he started, he decided to go with this big German limousine which happened to be the favorite of the world leaders at the time, so it was a great flex for the rocker. As you can see, the Daimler was quite imposing and traditional in appearance, which might seem like an odd fit for Mercury.
Lincoln Town Car
Although the rock singer adored luxury cars, this love wasn't just restricted to European models. He owned an '80s Lincoln Town Car in all its boxy glory, a vehicle that felt right at home on the streets of the Big Apple back then. As he had just moved to the big city, the man was obviously trying to blend in, presumably to avoid being hounded by the press and perhaps some obsessive fans.
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
One of the most famous cars in the Mercúry collection, it was bought new in 1974 by its managers. The Rolls-Royce was equipped with all the latest technology at the time, including a telephone and cassette player.
Any Silver Dawn is an impressive car and the rocker apparently loved this one so much he kept it until he died. It was passed on to his sister and displayed at the Freddie Mercury Museum in Tanzania, as well as making appearances at events such as the opening of the We Will Rock Youmusic in 2002.
It was finally auctioned in January 2013 for just £74.00 or around US $ 117,000. Some thought the price was unbelievably low and that the new owner, who is allegedly a Ukrainian drag queen Eurovisio, acquired the Rolls-Royce.
Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL
This 1986 W126 luxury limousine was purchased by Mercury brand new and is a Mercedes-Benz fan's dream, as many consider these second-generation S-Class models to be the finest ever made. At the time, the S-Class suddenly emerged as the sedan for the rich and famous, and Mercury was part of that trend.
For many, owning a Range Rover is a sign that you've made it financially, perhaps because they're too expensive to keep running as luxury SUVs break down.
Mercury owned a Range Rover convertible which was later purchased by Queen drummer Roger Taylor. You might be wondering what the point of a Range Rover without a top is. First, you feel more in touch with nature, like taking the roof and doors off a Jeep Wrangler. Second, you get to show everyone on the street that you have the financial power to own and maintain a Range Rover.
Definitely the eccentric of this car collection, as it's not a big luxury car, this American classic was apparently loved by Mercury. Some theorized that the rocker loved the Studebaker's unique look, something that drew others to the brand. Very little is known about how Mercury acquired the Champion or really much more about his ownership, but the man posed for a famous photo on the front bumper. It should be noted that Mercury boosted sales in 1950.