BMW owned by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson to go under the hammer


The BMW owned by the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is being sold by her family.

The 2004 BMW 645i convertible, once described as her ‘pride and joy’ is being auctioned following the socialite’s death in February this year.

The car has remained unused and has sat parked outside her Chelsea flat, still loaded with her favourite CDs and empty McDonald’s wrappers.

Tara was often pictured in the convertible on her way to parties and other social events. She was devastated in 2005 when it was stolen by a notorious gang as part of a high-value car theft ring, saying: “It’s my pride and joy. If anyone can help me I will be happy to treat them to dinner.” It was found at Birmingham airport before it could be shipped abroad.

The 645i has a silver body with a plumb coloured interior.

It has an automatic gearbox and under the bonnet there is a 4.6 litre V8 engine.

Nick Lumby, senior specialist for H&H Classics said: “You wouldn’t necessarily buy one for the school run but the BMW’s 6-series convertible is surprisingly practical for a high-performance soft-top.

“It certainly has the ‘feel good factor’ that’s for sure.

“For a 4.6 litre V8 it can get 30mpg on a leisurely run on the motorway and it really is a lovely car to drive.”

The BMW is in good condition and registered under the name of her brother – James Palmer-Tomkinson.

The proceeds of the sale will go to her nieces and nephews.

The sale takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambs, on November 15.

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