A wealthy Australian entrepreneur has unveiled a plan to spend around $350,000 (£190,000) on his ultimate petrolhead funeral, so that when he is finally buried he will be next to the love of his life – a rare sports car previously owned by Richard Hammond.
Philip Allen told Retromotive magazine that he’s already looked into the full cost of being buried with his Morgan Aeromax, of which only 100 were made, including his one that was first owned by the former Top Gear host.
The plans include the car being sealed in a 20-foot container that will be lowered into a huge hole in the ground and covered with a concrete slab.
Allen has also asked for his partially mummified body to be donned from head to toe in crocodile skin clothing, with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a cigar, he explained.
Car coffin: An Australian entrepreneur has laid out his plans to be buried in his rare 2008 Morgan Aeromax sports car, which was first owned by Richard Hammond
Allen, a businessman who ran companies that imported Kickers and JBL car speakers into Australia, bought the rare car in 2014 for a price of about $265,000 (then about £143,000).
Its first owner was minor TV star Richard Hammond, who co-fronts Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour with other former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
Allen said he’s been in touch with the car TV celebrity ever since he bought his former motorcycle, and Hammond told him he was “sorry he ever sold it.”
And it looks like he’ll never be able to get his hands on the exclusive vehicle again – or even see, if the Australian goalkeeper eventually dies.
In an interview with Retromotive, Allen explained in detail his plans to take the car to the distant afterlife.
Described by the magazine as a “man passionately in love with his car,” he said: “Look, I don’t take myself too seriously, I’m here for a good time and I love this car so much I’ve already made plans.” to be buried in it. It costs about $75,000!’
Philip Allen told Retromotive magazine that he’s already looked into the full cost of being buried with his Morgan Aeromax, of which only 100 were made, including his one first owned by the former Top Gear host.
The plans include the car being sealed in a 20-foot container — which Allen has already purchased — that will be dropped into a huge hole in the ground and covered with a concrete slab.
Only 100 Aeromax were produced by the British brand based in Malvern, Worcestershire. It has become a modern classic
He went on to give a fairly detailed explanation of the process and the associated costs: “The car will be pushed into a 20-foot container, which I have already bought, and jacked up because I don’t want the tires to go flat,” he said. .
‘The container is welded shut in such a way that it is airtight and watertight.
“We’ll dig a hole and bury it and put a concrete slab over it to seal it off.”
He continued: ‘I will be partially mummified and dressed in my crocodile leather jacket, pants and boots. One hand on the wheel, the other with a cigar and a smile.
“It will face east, for at the Second Coming, when Gabriel blows his horn, I’m not going anywhere – I’ll ride like a bat out of hell!”
The cost of the funeral would be $75,000 (£40,000). Added to the $265,000 (£143,000) value of the Morgan sports car turned into a coffin – that means the entire funeral will cost the motor-crazed Australian around $350k (£190k)
Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond reportedly told Allen he regretted selling the sports car, which he allegedly paid £110,000 to buy over a decade ago.
Hammond sold the car in 2011 to former MotoGP and World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen, who transported it to his home country of Australia when he returned from Europe
The $75,000 (£40,000) funeral expenses — and the $265,000 (£143,000) value of the Morgan sports car turned into a coffin — means the funeral will cost him nearly $350,000 (£190,000).
It’s money well spent, he says.
“I’m someone who appreciates automotive art and the first time I saw the Morgan Aeromax I knew it was a rolling sculpture.”
The Aeromax is a coupé version of the British company’s Aero 8 model, with 380 horsepower from a BMW V8 engine
It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds and to a top speed of 260 km/h
Only 100 Aeromax were produced by the British brand based in Malvern, Worcestershire.
Allen explained that he wanted one of the cars new, but by the time it was announced, all available copies had been pre-sold to celebrities and former Morgan customers.
When new in 2008 it had an asking price of £110,000 – so about £33,000 less than what he ended up paying for it 16 years later as it became a modern collector’s classic.
The Aeromax is a coupé version of the British company’s Aero 8 model, with 380 horsepower from a BMW V8 engine that can catapult it from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h. fetch.
Hammond sold the car in 2011 to former MotoGP and World Superbike star Chris Vermeulen, who transported it to his home country of Australia when he returned from Europe.
It was for sale in 2014, and Allen bought it from the motorcycle racer.
It won’t be the first car box…
This coffin was made to look like James Dean’s Porsche 550, which he named “Little Bastard” and was the car the movie star died in while driving in 1955
It may be surprising, but the idea of being buried in your car, or some coffin-like version of it, is catching on as a concept.
New York attorney-turned-art dealer Kenny Schachter admitted to GQ magazine that he wants to be buried in his Porsche.
And he visited Ghana to meet artist-sculptor Joseph Ashong, known as ‘Paa Joe’, who specializes in custom-made coffins.
It was sold in 2014 at a Bonhams auction in London for £6,500
Drive to the afterlife in this Porsche 550 modeled after James Dean’s famous P550 he named “Little Bastard”, the car he died in in 1955.
This macabre artwork was sold in 2014 by Bonhams – the international fine art auction house – at the Contemporary African Art Department on Bond Street in London.
The winning bidder paid £6,500 for the creation, which reportedly shared the “magnificence and extravagance of the ancient Egyptian royal tomb.”
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