Hard-up Cleese sells his beloved Bentley (and throws in a lunch date plus a signed photo of that 'damn good thrashing' scene)
John Cleese is selling his Bentley Eight and set the starting price at 2,500He is also offering to have lunch with the buyer, a handwritten story of some of the car's famous passengers and a signed Fawlty Towers photographThe car is in storage in Kent and 'needs some TLC' he said
00:02 GMT, 2 December 2012
Hard-up: John Cleese (with fourth wife Jennifer Wade) is going to great lengths to sell his old Bentley Eight
As Basil Fawlty, the irate owner of Britain’s most notorious hotel, he was not known for his love of cars and famously gave one ‘a damn good thrashing’ with a tree branch.
But funnyman John Cleese clearly has a soft spot for his old Bentley Eight – and is going to elaborate lengths to sell it.
He has agreed to have lunch with whoever buys it and give an handwritten story of some of the car’s most famous passengers, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, his co-stars from the film A Fish Called Wanda.
He is also offering a signed photograph of the classic scene of him ‘thrashing’ the red Austin 1300 in Fawlty Towers.
Cleese, 73, has put his 1987 Bentley, which is currently in storage in Kent, up for auction on the website of the Original Memorabilia Company with a starting price of 2,500.
In a description he writes: ‘Twenty-five years on it is a little faded, and needs some TLC to restore its natural beauty including some attention to the battle scars from a quarrel with a gate post the last time I drove it, but it remains a fabulous car to drive and is the most beautiful car I have ever owned.’
The money will come in handy for the four-times married Monty Python veteran.
In his acrimonious 2009 divorce settlement with his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger, Cleese was ordered to pay 12.5 million in finance and assets, including 612,000 a year until 2016.
It prompted him to embark on his ‘Alimony Tour’ to meet the costs.
His divorce from second wife Barbara Trentham cost him 2.5 million in 1988.
The terms of his divorce from first wife Connie Booth, who co-wrote and starred with him in Fawlty Towers have never been made public.
Earlier this year he married fourth wife, Jennifer Wade.
On the website, Cleese says that the car, which has just over 73,500 miles on the clock, is in ‘excellent condition mechanically’ and has ‘just sailed through its MOT’.
Not Fawlty: The 1987 Bentley Eight which John Cleese says is the 'most beautiful car'. He has agreed to have lunch with whoever buys it and a signed photograph of a Fawlty Towers scene
He also posted a tweet yesterday which said: ‘My dear old Bentley of 25 years needs a new home and I will be delighted to take its new owner to lunch.’
He is using the same site to sell copies of a 1970 photograph which shows all six Monty Python stars doing trademark silly walks.
The limited edition prints are signed by Cleese.
'Damn good thrashing': Cleese is offering a signed photograph of the classic scene of him 'thrashing' the red Austin 1300 in Fawlty Towers and has set the starting price at 2,500