Lotus showroom putting on the Ritz: Dealer news

Lotus showroom in Kensington

Lee Gale

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• Already home to Porsche and MG showrooms, Piccadilly in London will soon have a new automotive neighbour. This autumn Lotus Mayfair, above, will arrive, a new ‘global store’ across from the Ritz. Geoff Dowding, Lotus executive director, sales and aftersales said: “It will host some of our most amazing cars from today and yesterday, including from our racing past.”

• Remember when pop diva Madonna was married to film director Guy Ritchie and had an English accent? While in the UK she was driven by chauffeur in a 2005 Audi A8L 4.2TDi SE Quattro, supplied new, and now on sale for £24,995 at KGF Classics in Peterborough. So the story goes, Madonna was a gym habitué and the driver would wait outside. The car had a daily parking fine.

1965 Excalibur SS• He was the playboy driver Chester Schofield II in Monte Carlo or Bust!, but it seems that in real life Tony Curtis was partial to a vintage-looking performance car. This 1965 Excalibur SS, right, made for Curtis, is on sale at Cotswold Classic Car Restorations in Cirencester for £89,500.

• There was a fortunate escape at Aston Martin specialist Pugsley & Lewis in Beckenham, London when a blaze threatened to engulf DB4s, DB6s and a restoration project DBS, as well as many other cars on site. Despite damage to the office and roof, the workshop was unharmed.

• Insurance firm Hagerty has released its 2022 Power List, a table of famous people who most affect the price of cars compared to standard versions. Top? James Bond; a surprise second is the late Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker.

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