An extraordinary Volvo 262C once owned by the late musician David Bowie has reportedly fetched roughly $216,000, exceeding expectations by a factor of nearly three, at a Swiss auction.
The rock legend, who died last January, placed an order for one of the last models before production halted in 1981. Delivered to Bowie in Switzerland in June that year, it was registered to David Robert Jones, the musician's real name, with ownership later officially transferred to his record label, the Bewlay Bros.
Bowie continued to use the car during his stays in Switzerland. In 1998 it was taken by the current owner, according to Swiss auction house The Oldtimer Galerie Toffen.
"The original service booklet and a copy of the first vehicle registration are available. Fully equipped with automatic transmission, leather interior, air condition, power windows and Volvo Hi-Fi System with Blaupunkt speakers. 53,000 kilometers (33,000 miles), very good and well maintained original condition.
The auctioneer's description read: "For admirers of the exceptionally talented David Bowie, this Volvo 262 C certainly offers a unique opportunity to own a small part of pop history and the geniuses’ life."