Well in all honesty we’re not really talking about the very lovable robot from the Star Wars franchise, but the actor who portrayed it – Kenny Baker.
Still, there’s a chance to won a unique piece of Star Wars memorabilia when it reaches the auction block in the UK later on this month – R2-D2’s 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupe. The beloved character was portrayed by actor Kenny Baker, who unfortunately died last month. He was in character for six Star War movies, operating and bringing the droid to life as no one else. He was a Rolls-Royce fan and acquired this 1982 Corniche back in 2002 to be used as his daily driver for the next four years.
Because he was just 3 feet 8 inches (112 centimeters) tall, Baker had the car fitted with a special adaptation for driving duties – a pile of cushions on the driver’s seat and also a pair of 2 feet (60 cm) long wooden blocks attached to the pedals. These are of course gone, but there’s still a disgraceful wooden Momo steering wheel. Power to the behemoth was provided through Rolls’ legendary 6.75-liter V8 engine – which is still available today in the Bentley Mulsanne. The estimate price ranges between £32,000 and £36,000 ($44,200 to $47,500).