Riding like a Royal is no more a dream now. A rare collection of Rolls-Royce, including cars used by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, is to be auctioned off in the UK.
Among the cars to be auctioned, the most anticipated is 1953 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette, used by the Queen on state occasions. The car has been with the British Royal Family for more than 40 years. The car has a top estimate of $2.6 million. It is the same model as the one used by Meghan Markle on her wedding.
In the auction, eight cars are expected to attract combined bids of $6.4 million approximately. Co-chairman of Bonhams auction house said, “There were only 18 of the Phantom IVs built, and they were bought by heads of state or dignitaries. None are exactly the same, and they’re all built to special order. Even if you are a Rolls-Royce collector, you wouldn’t have anything similar, because each has its own identity.”
Rolls-Royce has always been the first choice of British Royal Family since 1950s. Three out of eight cars on auction were owned or used by members of Windsor Castle. According to reports, among the cars to be auctioned is 1960 Phantom V State Limousine, which has attracted an estimate of $1.3 million to $2 million. The car used by Princess Diana, a 1985 “Centenary” Silver Spur Saloon is expected to sell for $197,000 approximately. These cars have been made available by Bentley, the luxury British manufacturer that split from Rolls-Royce in 1998.
The September auction will not just have the royal cars. One can bid for a vehicle with the custom license plate “RR1” and a number of cars that were the last of their type to be built at Rolls-Royce’s historic factory in Crewe, Cheshire. Other cars at the auction include a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, which is estimated to attract bids of up $2 million, and a Bugatti Type 30 dating back to 1922.
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