Gordon William Mills (15 May 1935 - 29 July 1986) was a
successful London-based music industry manager and songwriter. Born
in Madras, British India, Mills grew up in Trealaw in the Rhondda
Valley, South Wales. At aged fifteen, Mills joined his first group
doing local gigs in pubs and clubs around South Wales. At
seventeen, he was called up for National Service and entertained
his fellow recruits during this period with his musical talents.
When de-mobbed, Mills entered a music competition, coming
second. This subsequently led to him being asked to join
Morton Fraser Harmonica Gang where he began his association with
Don Paul and Ronnie Wells, later forming the group, The Viscounts.
The group was successful with the chart songs 'Who Put The Bomp'
and 'Shortin Bread'. Mills became a hit song writer with early
works for Cliff Richard and Jonny Kidd. Later, his own Album 'Do It
Yourself' was packaged, recorded, and sadly never released. His
later career involved management as well as song writing. Not once,
but three times he proved his ability to turn seemingly
undiscovered singers' into pop-stars, as he guided Tom Jones,
Engelbert Humperdinck and Gilbert O'Sullivan to international
stardom whilst also co-writing with Tom Jones 'It's Not Unusual'.
This famous song was re-released in 1987 putting Tom Jones back
into the pop charts but sadly, only after Mills had died of stomach
cancer a year earlier.
We are delighted to offer this Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward
Drophead Coupé that was first owned and registered to Gordon
William Mills. Originally supplied in Porcelain White with
contrasting Bridge of Weir piped dark red leather and black hood,
this remains in a similar colour combination today. The interior
has been completely re-trimmed although it is not certain that the
coachwork has been re-finished in the original colour. Everything
appears to be in excellent order, perhaps, somewhat due to this
example having spent a large part of its life in Southern
California. The coachwork is exemplary for a Rolls-Royce of its
age. The wood trimmings and leather are unmarked whilst it is
evident that the lined hood has been replaced to a high standard in
The history file contains the 'Lubrication and Maintenance'
chart, Roll-Royce & Bentley sales/service book and most
importantly, the operation and maintenance manual that is
annotated, in the personal memoranda section, as being first owned
by Gordon Mills, Weybridge and denoting the registration number as
TJB 1G. Further items within the file include a US Certificate of
Title, various invoices and a note from the Rolls-Royce and Bentley
Enthusiasts Club, records administrator also stating the first
owner as Gordon Williams Mills. At a recent test, it started and
drove easily with all the instruments reading correctly and, in
particular, the oil pressure gauge running at the correct level
demonstrating that the oil pressure regulator was operating as it
should. This UK supplied righthand drive Rolls-Royce comes complete
with an MoT test certificate, valid until May 2017 and a UK V5
vehicle registration document. An internet search under Gordon
Mills will find a picture of this Roll-Royce along side three
others. Sitting astride the mascots of their individual motor cars
are, Tom Jones, Gordon Mills and Engelbert Humperdinck.
With his success, Mills was known as 'Mills Man of Music' and
was regarded, at the time, as one of the world's most successful
and well known music managers in the business. What better to spend
your time than cruising in this fine Rolls-Royce with the hood down
and remembering the music of a bygone period.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170