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James May to sell his Rolls-Royce Corniche because it makes Him Itchy

13 February 2017

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

The Grand Tour host James May is selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche because he is quite allergic to its leather seats. Do you want to buy the car from him?

After having the car for ten years, James May is now forced to sell his beloved 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche, just because he discovered his allergies to its leather seats.

May explained on a blog post on his Drive Tribe page that the car which he purchased during a 2008 episode of Top Gear makes him itchy after driving it for extended periods of time.

“I’ve become allergic to it,” May wrote. “And I mean this. If I drive it for more than half an hour I start itching, and then have to boil all my clothes.”

According to Daily Mail, May wanted to own a car like this for nearly 20 years before he was able to get his hands on one.

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather
James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

But unfortunately, now after less than 10,000 miles he has decided to give it up and hopes it will make someone else happy.

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather
James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

“As perfect moments go, it could only have been improved if she’d been smoking a Sobranie in a Bakelite and ivory cigarette holder,” May told the Financial Times. “I’ve wanted a Corniche ever since.”

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather
James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

The car has a 6.75-litre V8 engine and a theoretical top speed of 120mph.

He used the car for a Top Gear film in 2008 to show how you could successfully buy and own a secondhand car from a high-end manufacturer for the price of a new Ford Mondeo.

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather
James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

May drove his Rolls-Royce while Jeremy Clarkson used his Mercedes 600 as the two carried out numerous performance tests before causing chaos by driving the vast vehicles through central London.

For the episode of Top Gear, May took it to 97mph on a runway. He later told the Financial Times the Rolls-Royce is “perfect” at around 65-70mph.

James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather
James May is Selling his 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche Because He is Allergic to Leather

The price? Well, we don’t have a starting price yet, but similar cars are currently estimated to be worth around $37,500, but most of those cars did not belong to the famous former Top Gear host.

If you are looking to buy James May’s 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche you came to the right place, because we know how you can do that!

This particular Rolls-Royce Corniche is going to be auctioned on March 19th in Goodwood, England.