Queen fanatic Chris Evans forced to sell Freddie Mercury-inspired Lotus because his garage is full of Ferraris
Poor thing: DJ Chris Evans has been forced to sell his Freddie Mercury-Inspired car because he has no room in the garage
Chris Evans has been forced to sell his unique Freddie Mercury-inspired Lotus – because he has nowhere to keep it.
The petrolhead DJ travelled to Lotus HQ in Norfolk to oversee a unique paintjob and interior for an Evora S model he bought at a charity auction last year.
But the 45-year-old forgot his garage was already jammed full of classic Ferraris and he has now realised he can’t keep the 178mph sports car.
So he has contacted a garage to sell the undriven Lotus for him, informing the dealer there was 'no more room at the inn' for his latest 'stunning' purchase.
The car-mad redhead bought the Lotus Evora S at a Mercury Phoenix Trust auction set up to raise money in former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s honour.
After paying an undisclosed figure for the car, Evans opted to have the bodywork sprayed in a colour combination to reflect the exhuberant attire worn by Freddie Mercury.
The white Lotus has red and bronze stripes running along the centre of the body with the wing mirrors matching this scheme.
Tribute: The unique was purchased at a charity auction to raise money in the Queen frontman's honour, and features colours commonly worn by the star
He must be a fanatic! The dashboard features Freddie's signature on the dashboard
Colour scheme: The star was known for wearing yellow, red and gold
Inside, the Evora S has a yellow trim, red steering wheel and Freddie Mercury’s signature on the dashboard.
Lotus is fitted with a 3.5-litre V6 engine which develops 350bhp,
giving the British sports car a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top
speed of 178mph.
It has as alcantara interior, climate controlled air conditioning and sat-nav.
Evans has talked in the past about the moment he outbid a number of petrolheads at the Savoy to get his hands on the British-built Evora S.
In September he wrote: 'It’s fast, it’s white, it’s got a yellow interior, a Union Jack-upholstered back seat and a red-and-yellow racing stripe down its length. It also features a crown.
'Yes, you’ve got it – sitting on my
drive in three months’ time will be a one-off Freddie Mercury tribute
Lotus Evora S, which I appear now to own, having apparently stuck my
hand up often enough at a big fund-raising night out on Monday.'
the Lotus hasn’t managed to reach the drive of the DJ’s Surrey mansion
and is currently sat at the Lyndhurst, Hampshire, premises of car dealer
He has put the Lotus on the market for 76,000 – with the car having just 56 miles on the clock.
collects Ferraris as bluechip investments and counts a 1963 Ferrari 250
GTO worth around 20million in his car collection.
A fan of white: Chris with his collection of classic Ferraris