BMW Sedan that Tupac Shakur was Shot In to Be Sold
The 1996 BMW 7 Series, once owned by Death Row records, became an iconic and tragic piece of music history.
On September 7, 1996, rapper, actor, and poet Tupac Shakur was riding in a BMW sedan in Las Vegas that was owned and driven by Death Row Records owner Suge Knight. While they were stopped at red light, a white Cadillac rolled up to the passenger side, opened fire, and sped off. Shakur was shot four times, and eventually succumbed to his injuries and passed away on September 13, 1996 at age 25. It was a pivotal and tragic moment in music history, as the influential and charismatic Shakur seemed to be an unstoppable force in hip hop. His murder also may have (directly or indirectly) led to the East Coast versus West Coast rap wars, and the subsequent murder of another industry giant, The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls. Both murders remain unsolved. But now, Celebrity Cars Las Vegas is offering fans a glimpse into a somber and important piece of this music history at auction: The 1996 BMW 7 Series sedan that Shakur was shot in.
Selling the BMW might be considered odd, exploitative, morbid, or even necessary and important — depending on who you ask. The sedan, according to Celebrity Cars Las Vegas , includes “a small indentation where we believe one of the bullet holes was but it is hard to tell.” The sedan also comes with “documentation proving ownership and history.”
The fully restored car is expected to sell for at least $1.5 million. Celebrity Cars Las Vegas owner Ryan Hamilton told Fox 5 Las Vegas that that the restoration did not extend to the custom interior which remains the same as it did in 1996, including a secret compartment, which is not shown in the photos or video. The black 1996 BMW has a 5.4L, 12 cylinder engine, is 5 speed automatic, and has 121,043 miles on the odometer. The car is in excellent condition and recently received a new coat of black paint.
This is the first time that the infamous BMW has been made available for viewing for the public and it’s has already attracted a lot of attention from prospective buyers. Many clamoring to hold on to piece of the star. As Hamilton says, “He made such a difference to a lot of people in a small amount of time.”
For more information about the sale, go to Celebrity Cars Las Vegas.
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