One of the most infamous cars on the planet, the Rolls Royce owned and driven by one of Hollywood's biggest Diva's, Mrs. Zsa Zsa Gabor. If you were alive in 1989, you couldn't escape the story... You know the one, the one that involved a Beverly Hills officer and the palm of Zsa Zsa Gabor's hand.
June 14th,1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor was pulled over in Beverly Hills for expired tags, she became quite frustrated when the officer didn't recognize her Hollywood status and provided her with no .....
special treatment. This lead to Zsa Zsa slapping the officer and ultimately to her arrest. The story made headlines around the world. Zsa Zsa took full advantage of the incident booking interviews including an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Phil Donahue and more. The incident even made a cameo on the big screen in the blockbuster movie Naked Gun.
The car, a beautiful 1979 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, the ultimate status symbol of its time. Bought new by Zsa Zsa Gabor but what really makes the car special is how long she owned it. Typically the rich and famous do not keep their cars for any substantial period of time. Zsa Zsa owned this car for a very long time and put the majority of the miles on it. Even at the time of the arrest the car was 10 years old. Zsa Zsa knew an opportunity when she saw one, besides the publicity for herself, she new the car would also be in demand for collectors.
Taking full advantage of the situation she decided to send it to auction giving reason for selling the car was because she was afraid to drive it in Beverly Hills and would be replacing it with a Cadillac. She attended the auction and represented the car personally. It sold for top dollar to a very delighted collector of celebrity owned cars. The was car proudly displayed in the collection from 1990 until 2012 when the car was acquired by our museum. Since Zsa Zsa's ownership, thirty two years ago, the car has been driven minimally with only about 200 miles added to the odometer. The car is all original with only 49,284k actual miles, it is still titled in Zsa Zsas name and wears Zsa Zsas original license plate.
The car has been a huge attraction to our museum gaining attention from the public, media and even Zsa Zsa herself when she learned the car was on display in our museum, but its time to rotate the car for new exhibits and let another caretaker enjoy it.
""Zsa Zsa Gabor sits in her Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible as she leaves court at a lunch break of her cop-slapping trial on Sept. 28, 1989, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gabor threatened to call police on a mob of reporters who surrounded the car as she awaited a jury verdict. ""Don't scratch the car,"" she told the media mob.""