Two Spectacular Vintage Automobiles

Elizabeth Taylor’s

When Miss Taylor first ordered this car following her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, she was living at The Pierre. Inasmuch as Rolls Royce was prepared to paint the car any color the film actress chose, she selected her favorite green color. Matched to her wedding dress, the car soon became known to her legions of fans as the “Green Goddess.” Miss Taylor kept the car for approximately twenty years until she sold it to its current owner, a West Coast gentleman who has factiously maintained it for four decades. Other than its delivery when new to Miss Taylor in New York, and its appearance in Rome on the set of Cleopatra (where Liz met and formed a liaison with future husband Richard Burton), the Rolls Royce spent its entire life in California.

Information about the Rolls Royce

  • A “matching numbers" automobile, 40,644 miles on the odometer.
  • Beautiful condition; mechanically maintained with new convertible top.
  • Two owners since new.
  • One of approximately twenty left hand drive Silver Cloud II drophead coupes (convertibles) ever built.
  • Known globally as the “Green Goddess” due to its unique custom green color.
  • Named “Smoke Green”, Rolls Royce matched the color to Miss Taylor’s dress at her wedding to Eddie Fisher.
  • Miss Taylor’s favorite color, she is photographed in many other outfits of this color throughout her career.
  • Shortly after her widely publicized wedding to popular singer Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor - then arguably the most famous actress in the world - ordered this stunning car for herself. It’s original owner was listed as her husband, Eddie Fisher.
  • The car drives as a Rolls Royce should. The original Rolls Royce “build sheet” is available.
  • Miss Taylor lovingly referred to her Rolls Royce as “the Green Goddess”.
  • Chronology

  • In 1959, in a highly publicized event, Elizabeth Taylor and popular singer Eddie Fisher marry.
  • In 1960, Miss Taylor ordered her custom built Rolls Royce. It was shipped to her in New York and picked up at the pier December 23, 1960.
  • Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor traveled to Rome in 1962 for the filming of the landmark motion picture, Cleopatra in which she played the starring role. They took the Green Goddess with them.
  • On the set of Cleopatra, Miss Taylor meets and has an affair with her co-star, Richard Burton.
  • Eddie Fisher damages the fender of the Rolls Royce when rushing to the Rome film set.
  • In 1963, the Green Goddess is returned to the U.S. Richard Burton is often spotted driving it.
  • In 1964, Eddie and Liz divorce. Later that year Liz and Burton marry.
  • Photographs of Liz in the Green Goddess appear in leading magazines
  • Elizabeth Taylor keeps the Green Goddess until the late 1970’s (believed to be 1978) when she offers it for sale in the Wall Street Journal. She has owned it for nearly two decades.
  • The car is stored and sold from Miss Taylor’s “bungalow” at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • The current owner purchased the Rolls Royce directly from Miss Taylor and has owned it ever since. It is therefore a “two owner” car.
  • The current owner has maintained the car properly over his more than forty years of ownership. It has remained on the West Coast its entire life.

  • Driving Elizabeth Taylor’s “Green Goddess”

    The 1964 Ferrari 330 GT

    A truly extraordinary automobile, Ferrari’s 330 GT combined the legendary Italian automotive manufacturer’s proven mechanical prowess with an elegant body capable of accommodating four passengers. The most expensive Ferrari of its day, the 330 GT represented the ultimate in high speed Continental touring. It’s twelves cylinder engine, a direct result from Ferrari’s unprecedented success in international racing, made this the fastest car of its day.

    Approximately one thousand 330 GT’s were built, the first half of which were designated “Series I”. These cars wore a distinctive four-headlamp design which was criticized by some when they first left Maranello more than half a century ago. Today, enthusiasts view this body design as truly evocative of the era. While many 1960’s Ferraris command seven, and even eight figure amounts at auction, because of the addition of the small back seats prices for 330’s have lagged behind. Nevertheless, the model is widely praised (the online “330 Registry” lists hundreds of media articles and news videos in praise of the model), and prices are certainly on the uptick. For many, the wildly elevated prices achieved of other 12 cylinder, early 1960’s Ferraris are such that the 330 GT is indeed the car to buy before it too elevates to unaffordable levels.

    Information about the 1964 Ferrari 330 GT, Series I serial #6405.

  • Correctly restored, fully sorted.
  • 29,000 original miles.
  • Leather seats unrestored due to fine patina.
  • Complete engine re-build by noted Ferrari specialist.
  • All brightwork re-plated.
  • Rebuilt original Borrani wheels, new tires.
  • Finest Becker radio.
  • Most tools, owner’s manual.
  • Beautiful two-tone paint.
  • Won “Best Ferrari” at two concours.
  • Current owner an enthusiast and concours judge.

  • Driving the 1964 Ferrari 330GT

    The Auction

    Elizabeth Taylor’s 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead, the 1964 Ferrari 330 GT will be sold without minimum reserve on August 6th at The Pierre Hotel, 61st Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Preparations are being made for the cars to be on display at The Pierre starting July 23 through the August 6th Auction date. For additional information about the auction including arranging to become a bidder, please contact us at 212-794-2280.