We have all heard of the luxurious lifestyles of celebrities, but what exactly do they get up to? On Tuesday, the New York Times published an in-depth article by Liz Robbins detailing the extravagant day-to-night activities of Hollywood’s A-listers. Among the many luxurious items that celebrities own are expensive cars, which they use to travel between Hollywood parties and social gatherings. At least, that’s what millionaire actor Robert Pattinson would have you believe…
The Twilight star spent $750,000 on a classic 1959 Corvette, which is now up for sale. The vehicle’s current owner had purchased it new and spent a substantial amount of time restoring it to its former glory. Now it is being offered for sale with just 24 miles on the clock.
As the article points out, luxury automobiles have been a big part of Hollywood culture for decades, with movie stars buying the models that they appeared in to fulfill their needs. The article mentions that in the 1950s and 1960s, cars such as the Corvette were frequently bought by celebrities as status symbols, and even at the time of the article’s writing, the average cost of a vintage Corbin was around $25,000. Today, a 1959 Corvette normally goes for around 150,000-200,000 dollars, making Pattinson’s purchase seem rather modest.
What Is It?
While we have all been entertained by Edward Cullen and his band of vampire sympathizers, it is William Pattinson, Robert’s father, who actually owns the famous Corvette collection. As we have established, the car’s current owner had purchased it new in 1959 and spent a lot of time restoring it to its original glory. The finished product is quite the impressive sight, boasting a classic American muscle car exterior paired with a thoroughly modern and luxurious interiors. It is likely that Pattinson’s father bought the car because he needed a reliable vehicle for long trips to his paintballing competitions, as he frequently has to travel to England for his job. Naturally, he wanted to make sure that he could transport his valuable collection of vintage Corvettes safely and comfortably.
Where Did He Get It?
As mentioned above, the car in question is a 1959 model. It is therefore fairly old, which means that it has been around for some time and has accumulated plenty of mileage. However, given that it has only 24 miles on the clock, it is still fairly new. It is also important to point out that cars of this vintage generally require a lot of work and can be very expensive to maintain. Fortunately for Pattinson, he has a wealth of experience in this field, having previously owned a number of classic cars himself. He knows what it takes to keep a vintage vehicle pristine and therefore decided to purchase a newer model that he could simply have serviced and maintained.
How Does It Travel?
Pattinson’s Corvette is offered with the classic optional wire wheels that were first produced for the vehicle in the 1950s. These vintage items are often associated with old Hollywood and are a great way to add a touch of luxury to your evening commute. They also make the car stand out even more amongst the other classic vehicles out on the road today.
How Much Does It Cost?
As mentioned above, a 1959 Corvette is a quite valuable vintage automobile that is generally accepted as being worth around $25,000-$50,000 dollars. Since this is a three-year-old model that has only been driven 24 miles, it is likely that it will sell for a reduced price. However, this is purely a matter of opinion and the price that the owner decides to accept for this particular model will be whatever he wants. In any case, even a cheap vintage car of this caliber would be a wise investment for a wealthy collector or an enthusiast who wants to add a little bit of old Hollywood magic to their daily routine.
Where Is It Now?
It is fair to say that the finished product of Pattinson’s efforts is one of the more luxurious automobiles currently available. As mentioned above, it has a classic American muscle car exterior paired with a thoroughly modern and lavish interior. It is also important to point out that the vehicle has been tastefully restored by a professional, meaning that it has not been cheaply done by someone who does not know the first thing about cars. What’s more is that it has been done with the help of a skilled mechanical hand, which is why it now has 51K miles on the odometer. This is a very comfortable driving position for a long road trip, as you can adjust the seat and angle the steering wheel to perfectly fit your needs. The rear seats are also folded down and form part of the cabin floor, which is great for kids or adult passengers who want to get in the action.
An old favorite of ours, William Siteman of Siteman Motors Inc., put it best when he said, “You can’t buy vintage. You have to find it. It’s like a beautiful piece of art that you stumble upon.” This is exactly what happened to Pattinson when he found this amazing machine. He stumbled upon it and fell in love with it right away. It is also important to note that while vintage cars are generally expensive to maintain, they do have a way of appreciating in value over time. This is due to the fact that they are usually well-loved and well-maintained by their owners. This is something that can’t be said about many other forms of motorized transport.