David Bowie’s 1981 Volvo car has sold for a lot of money at auction

The car has sold at an auction in Switzerland

David Bowie‘s 1981 Volvo has sold at auction for over £160,000.

According to reports, the car recently sold at an auction in Switzerland, fetching 212,800 Swiss Francs (£160,735 / $218,000) – nearly three times its top estimate.

The item was one of the final cars produced of its model (only 6,620 were ever made) and was delivered to the musician’s Swiss home in 1981. Ownership was later transferred to Bowie’s Belway Bros record label.


The car was described as being in “very good and well maintained original condition”, with just 53,000km (33,000 miles) on the clock.

See a photo of the car beneath.

In other Bowie-related news, an informal “David Bowie Book Club” has been launched by the late icon’s son, Duncan Jones.

Jones, director of the films Moon and Source Code, took to Twitter to launch the club, describing his father as “a beast of a reader.”


The first book Jones has chosen is Hawksmoor, the award-winning 1985 novel by Peter Aykroyd. It tells the parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, who builds churches in 18th-century London for which he needs human sacrifices, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, a 1980s detective who investigates murders committed in the same churches.

Hawksmoor appeared in the list of David Bowie’s 100 favourite books which was released in 2013. Fans wishing to join the book club (and presumably discuss each book with Jones on Twitter) have until February 1 to complete Peter Aykroyd’s novel.