Soccer Star George Best’s Rolls-Royce for Sale: "The Rest I Squandered"

George Best's 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, estimate £10,000-15,000
(Courtesy H&H)

A Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow once owned by one of the greatest stars of soccer, George Best, is coming up for auction.

The 1972 car, to be offered by H&H Classics in the UK on October 12, was one of a fleet of luxury vehicles owned by Northern Ireland’s Best, who was among the first celebrity players. The David Beckham of his day, in a remark variously quoted, once said: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

The white Silver Shadow is estimated to sell for £10,000 to £15,000 (about $19,795) in the H&H Duxford sale at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire. Best’s Rolls-Royce had options such as a cruise control for the 6750 cc engine. It was later given a black vinyl roof covering, but still has its original interior.

While Best became famous for his goal-scoring for Manchester United, and was European Footballer of the Year in 1968, he became more famous for his dates with top models and alcoholism. The spending left him broke at one point, and the drinking contributed to his early death at the age of 59 in 2005. Best himself used to tell the story of an orgy in a hotel room, with thousands of pounds won in its casino strewn across the bed, along with a naked former Miss World; a waiter delivering more champagne asked: “George, where did it all go wrong?”

The H&H auction will take place on October 12 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire.