Queen of the rock star cars

Rock stars and their cars make famous combinations. We’ve heard about Janis Joplin and her psychedelic Porsche, Bruce Springsteen and Roy Orbison’s Chevy Corvettes, Jay Kay’s Ferraris and Elvis’s purple Lincoln continental…

But it looks like Queen might just outdo The King on this one. Freddie Mercury is possibly the first rock superstar to have a supercar made in his honor.

Lotus unveiled a special Freddiey Mercury Edition of the 345-horsepower Lotus Evora S for what would have been the star’s 65th birthday on 5 September 2011. The one-off creation was sold on auction to raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which promotes the combat of AIDS.

The car’s white, red and gold paint job emulates a costume worn by Mercury in his 1986 tour. The yellow and black interior is also inspired by a Queen costume. Other details include a copy of Freddie Mercury’s signature on the dashboard and Queen’s coat of arms logo on the headrests.

It’s just such a pity that Freddie’s not around to see it. Faced with such a spectacular car, it’s unlikely he’d have felt like singing, ‘I want to ride my bicycle!’