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Monday, 03 February 2020 19:09

On the Lighter Side: Freddie Mercury's Car Collection Is Fit for a Queen

Written by Amie Williams, Motorius

An eclectic collection of vehicles owned by Queen's lead vocalist.

Freddie Mercury became a household name as lead vocalist for the rock band Queen. With an extravagant personality onstage and able to hit four octaves behind the microphone, Freddie carved a name for himself in rock music history. Not only was he a singer, songwriter, and record producer, but he was also a car enthusiast with quite an eclectic collection of vehicles.

Here are a few of Freddie Mercury's cars that graced his collection. Sure, some are more appealing than others.

Daimler Limousine DS420

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When Freddie purchased his Daimler Limousine DS420, he didn't even have a license. Thanks to his rock star status, he was often chauffeured everywhere he needed to go. This limo was fit for a king or Queen, literally, as it was a common vehicle in Europe among royal families.

Lincoln Town Car

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Having replaced the Continental model, the Lincoln Town Car was a large sedan made for cruising in style and comfort. The car was Freddie's daily car whenever he was in New York. He bought it so he wouldn't have to rent a car every time he came to town.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

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Rolls-Royce is a British automaker known for producing high-end luxury models. One model that caught Freddie's eye was the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a car that he kept until he passed in 1991. Freddie opted for a model with a gray interior adorned with wooden accents, and the main attraction of the car was a cassette player and telephone.

Range Rover Convertible

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Another car in Freddie's collection was a Range Rover convertible that was more for adventure than luxury like the aforementioned Rolls-Royce. Stuffed with a V8, this car was owned by Spinney Music which was part of the Mercury estate as well as Queen's manager, Jim Beech.

Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

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Last but not least is one of Freddie's favorite vehicles, a Mercedes-Benz 420SEL. This car served daily driving duties for Freddie after 1986. Sold a few years after Freddie's death in 1996, the car ended up in the hands of a buyer that didn't take care of it and parked it to die a slow death to the elements. Thanks to another car enthusiast, the car was scooped up and restored.

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