May’s allergy to leather

By Matthew Elliott Saturday, 18 February 2017 19:00 0
JAMES MAY: Selling his classic Rolls-Royce. JAMES MAY: Selling his classic Rolls-Royce.

TOP GEAR and Grand Tour star James May is selling his classic Rolls-Royce after discovering that he’s allergic to its leather seats. May admitted that his 1972 Corniche had made him itchy after a spin for years, forcing him to conclude his drive with a ‘very thorough’ shower.

The 54-year-old even claimed that he had to boil his clothes afterwards and has evidently decided that enough is enough. The Corniche will be auctioned off on March 19 by Bonhams at the Goodwood Member’s Meeting. 

Bidding for the model, which has a 6.75 litre V8 engine and can reach 120mph, is expected to begin at around £20,000 (€23,471). But in good nick, with fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock, and a famous owner, it could fetch closer to £50,000 (€58,677). 

May has previously described the Corniche as ‘supremely comfortable and quintessentially British.’ He bought his in 2007 after decades of infatuation with the classic model. He drove it in a few Top Gear episodes and claims it sailed through 10 MOTs. 

 

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