Press Release

Date: 10 April 2013


Liberace's Gold Cadillac For Sale on Preloved

A rare 1930s Cadillac covered in stunning gold leaf and believed to have once belonged to megastar pianist Liberace is currently for sale on, the UK's largest independent secondhand buying and selling website.

The sale comes at the time when interest in Liberace is set to reach an all-time high with academy-award winning director, Stephen Soederberg's biopic of the pianist, 'Behind the Candelbra – the Secret Life of Liberace', due for release in May. The film, starring Hollywood heavyweights Michael Douglas in the role of Liberace, alongside Matt Damon who plays the late superstar's young lover, Scott Thorson, explores the pair's tempestuous six-year relationship.

The convertible Cadillac is being sold by Preloved member, Mike Radcliffe in Mottram on Longdale, Cheshire, with an estimated value of £100,000.

Mr Radcliffe bought the car from Machester-based businessman and classic American car collector, Jim Thornbury in early 2011. "I was shown around his garage and there in the corner was the gold car. Jim told me the history of the car, and that it had been displayed in a museum in Germany for 14 years," Mike said.

After buying the car, Mike carried out a comprehensive five-month restoration programme to make it fully roadworthy. He has since taken it to regular displays at various motor shows across the UK. Mike said, "The car has been driven regularly since we put it on the road and most certainly is a show stopper. I take the car along and wear a sparkly red Liberace jacket! The car always causes a real stir and has won many awards."

As well as the typically flamboyant 23.5 carot gold leaf sleek bodywork, the classic Cadillac's other features include seven diamond crowns at centre of the wheels, two rubies in the radiator mascot, a valuable number plate, JAZ21; and the original white leather seats in the interior.

Mike is now selling the Cadillac along with two other cars as he is moving house and no longer has space for them.

"I shall be really sad to see her go as she's a fascinating and really eye-catching piece of popular culture and motoring history."

Ian Buzer, Managing Director of Preloved, said, "This is a chance to own a unique vehicle with a fascinating history that can still be driven on the open road."



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Notes to Editors

Preloved is the web site for people that love some of the older things in life. Started in 1998, Preloved has grown to become the UK's leading second hand website with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories. Each month the site attracts over 5 million unique visitors. As a community-based advertising site it has over 1.5 million active members. Preloved is ranked amongst the top 500 most visited sites in the UK. 

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