Donald Trump's prototype limousine for sale at Bonhams
A prototype limousine designed for Donald Trump is heading for auction in the U.K later this month.
The 1988 Cadillac Trump Golden Series Limousine will cross the block at Bonhams, where it's expected to sell for £10,000 - £12,000 ($12,165 - $14,600).
Back in the 1980s, the reality star-turned U.S President suggested to Cadillac that a luxury limousine with his name on it would be a smart marketing move on their part.
They agreed, and Trump helped to design a car that would meet his requirements as a billionaire property tycoon.
The prototypes were then built by Dillinger Coach Works, a company owned by Trump's close friend (and alleged organized crime family member) John Staluppi, and made their debut at the Limousine & Chauffeur Show in Las Vegas in January 1987.
Trump later spoke about the car in a 1988 edition of Limousine, Charter & Tour magazine, stating:
"We think we probably designed the ultimate limousine to be found anywhere in the world. You can see the kind of quality there is. We left nothing out. I’m very honored that they built me the first one and, frankly, I deserve it."
The cars came with modifications including a fax machine, two cell phones, writing desks, a paper shredder, a safe, TV and VCR, and a drinks cabinet.
They also featured rosewood interiors, Italian leather seats, extra head room and gold trimming on pretty much everything.
According to John Grettenberger, head of GM’s Cadillac division, the company had agreed to produce the cars on the basis that Trump would order a fleet of 50, to transport his clients from New York to his casinos in Atlantic City.
But when the time came to place the order, Trump bought a single car, which he claimed was for his father, and the entire project was scrapped.
The whereabouts of the Trump Executive Series prototype is currently unknown, but the Trump Golden Series prototype has spent the last few years in Gloucester, England, having been retrofitted to make it road legal in Britain.
Currently owned by mechanic Craig Eyres, the car will now be offered at Bonhams' forthcoming Members Meeting sale at the historic Goodwood racecourse on March 19.
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