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Mussolini's car sells for record
The Pescara Spyder
Dictator Benito Mussolini owned the classic car until 1939
A classic sports car, once owned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, has been sold for a record price for the model of vehicle.

The 1935 two-seater Pescara Spyder, one of only 60 made, attracted just a few bids when it went under the hammer in Cheltenham in February.

The best offer reached just over half the expected 800,000 and the owner chose not to sell at the time.

A private buyer has now bought it for 550,000, H&H Classic Auctions said.

Spokesman Damian Jones said: "It's not really your average dictator's car. It didn't have armour plating or bullet-proof glass."

The vehicle was built in 1935 and archive footage shows the dictator saluting crowds as he stands in the passenger seat, with flowers and bouquets strewn on the bonnet.

The car only recently came to England from Italy.

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