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Roger Daltrey's Aston Martin V8 Volante heads to auction logo 11/10/2018 Tyler Heatley
a blue car parked in a forest © Autoclassics

There are many famous people who indulge in prestige cars once they’ve made it big, however, few do it with taste. Roger Daltrey CBE, frontman of legendary rock band The Who, has plenty of taste as expertly demonstrated by his purchase of a 1979Aston Martin V8 Volante. This British icon owned by a British icon will be auctioned at the NEC Classic Motor Show 2018.

The Who's Roger Daltrey sings at the Verizon Center, Washington, DC.  (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/Washington Post/Getty Images) © Getty The Who's Roger Daltrey sings at the Verizon Center, Washington, DC. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Famous for hit songs such as 'Baba O’Riley', 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' and 'My Generation' Roger Daltrey is a true legend. The Who’s rise to fame in the late 1960s came to define rock and roll Britain that flourished during this rebellious era. For all of Daltrey’s fame, he actually bought this Aston secondhand from another individual of note, Mr S. Roberts, heir to the Job’s Dairy fortune.


After enjoying his handsome Aston Martin V8 Volante, Daltrey sold the car back to its original owner, who then sold it to its current custodian in 2009\. Nine years on, it's estimated to sell for £160,000 to £185,000 ($211,370 to $244,397) at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale on 10th and 11th November at the Birmingham NEC, UK.

The pristine V8 Volante packs 320bhp via a 5.4-litre engine which, when new, could propel this drop-top from 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. Finished in Tourmaline Blue, the car was actually treated to a bare metal respray in 1994 while undergoing minor structural work.

As joyous as it would be to drive with the roof down, you needn’t worry about leaks when it rains thanks to a replacement top. Since this restoration work in ’94, the car has only covered an additional 3,000-miles, bringing the total to just 66,800 miles. More recent maintenance has included some fettling with the brakes, an engine tune, and a full service.

Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: “A car owned by an icon in rock music history is a very special offering. This classic Aston has been incredibly well cared for and presents to a wonderful standard, even after being owned by a gentleman known for smashing his instruments.”

His guitars might be in bits but this piece of rock and roll automobilia is a rare chance to own one of Roger Daltrey’s topless models.


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