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Elizabeth Taylor’s 1960 Rolls Royce Sold for $520,000

Posted by Jess Stoeckeler on

 “The 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe became known as the "Green Goddess" because of its custom green color, which matched the dress that Taylor wore for her wedding to Fisher in Las Vegas in 1959. The 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupe is one of approximately 20 left-hand-drive Silver Cloud II drophead coupes.

Elizabeth Taylor's marriage to Eddie Fisher didn't last, but she kept the Rolls-Royce that she purchased soon after their wedding. As of August 6th, it has a new owner; an anonymous buyer paid $520,000 for the car at a Guernsey's auction at the Pierre in New York City.

In December 1960, it was delivered to the newlyweds at the Pierre, where they were living. When Fisher and Taylor traveled to Rome in 1962 for the filming of Cleopatra, they brought the convertible along with them, according to Guernsey's. There, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Richard Burton. Fisher damaged the car's fender while he was rushing to the set.

The "Green Goddess" returned to the United States in 1963, and Burton was often spotted driving it. The following year, Taylor divorced Fisher and married Burton. She kept the Rolls-Royce until the late 1970's, when she offered it for sale in the Wall Street Journal after owning the car for nearly two decades.

Karl Kardel, who purchased it from Taylor, kept the car on the West Coast and installed a rebuilt engine, a new leather interior, and a new convertible top. The dashboard is made of Carpathian Elm Burl wood. 

"I bought that car because I loved it, and I think it’s still one of the most beautiful cars ever made," Kardel told the New York Times. The new owner must have agreed."


-Town & Country, 8/8/19 & photos from Guernsey's

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