Old Blue Eyes Zimmer !

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Old Blue Eyes Zimmer !

Postby Rob » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:40 pm

I attend a lot of classic car meets and a lot of the same cars appear at several meets so it is always great to see a classic that you haven’t seen before and that happened last weekend at a show in Tewkesbury.

It was a special car and only 1500 made, believed to be the only one currently in existence in Europe and it once belonged to old blue eyes himself- Frank Sinatra

The Zimmer Golden Spirit is an unusual car and was hand built for music legend Frank Sinatra and presented to him to celebrate his 68th birthday. The car was later gifted to fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr and upon his death was gifted to the Las Vegas Museum, where it has resided until sadly the museum went in to administration. The current owner from Kemble, UK had it shipped over recently and it is now making appearances at classic shows. Under the bonnet is a 5 litre V8

It has also recently been to Pinewood studios and will feature in the next “ Gone in 60 seconds “ movie and the studio was only allowed to use it on the understanding that there was no wheel spinning, drifting or other misuse.

Pictures below including evidence of it belonging to Sinatra when he lived at Rancho Mirage in California

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70588 Frank Sinatra Drive is a mid-century modern house in Rancho Mirage, California, that was the residence of the singer and actor Frank Sinatra from 1957 to 1995.

The original house was small and part of an area country club, but was later expanded to include a guest house, a movie theater, poolside bungalows with his and her bathrooms, a huge restaurant-style kitchen, and even a train caboose converted into a small spa. The Sinatra Compound hosted many guests, including President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy had planned to stay a second time, and Sinatra pulled out all the stops, even designing a new bathroom for him. Unfortunately, , Robert Kennedy was wary of Sinatra's alleged Mafia connections, and advised him not to. JFK pulled out at the last second, opting to stay at Bing Crosby's house instead. Sinatra then became a staunch Republican for the rest of his life.

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Sinatra's favorite color was orange - he once called it "the happiest color" - and much of the furnishings in the house were orange, including the refrigerator. This changed during Barbara's time there due to changing tastes in the 1970s as well as her own - she brought in designer Bernice Korshak to help her. She even named each room after songs he recorded. Frank, however, got to keep his master bedroom in its original citrus-colored state at the end of her renovations - as well as the art pieces in it by himself and his daughter Tina.

Sinatra used The Compound as a base, between his excursions to other homes and cities, until almost the end of his life. Sinatra's last time there was in 1995 - shortly after his last concert, a benefit for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. He began to fall ill, and Frank and Barbara decided to sell the house to a Mr. James Pattison, who keeps many Sinatra relics around today. His memory still lingers in the area - Frank Sinatra is buried in Desert Memorial Park near Palm Springs next to his parents. One can think of the Palm Springs area as the place Frank's heart truly was - a place where he spent most of his working years, a place to cut loose from Hollywood and relax. Perhaps this is why his grave site is here - an apt place for a final rest.

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