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Royal cars and celebrity classics offered at NEC sale

Published 05 October 2016

Twelve cars formerly owned by British and world royalty, politicians and celebrities will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show Sale on the 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

Headlining the collection is a 2012 Bentley Mulsanne, estimated at between £215,000 and £235,000, produced especially by Bentley for the Queen for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain.

The car is finished in Barnato Green, fitted with walnut burr veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights and the walnut veneered waist-rails featured inlaid Royal crests.

Subtle security features were installed, including front and rear blue flashing lights, Kevlar reinforced tyres and armour protection and glass where appropriate. Most famously, it was this Bentley that conveyed the Queen to her only Cabinet Meeting at 10 Downing Street in 2012.

2001 Daimler Supercharged V8

2001 Daimler Supercharged V8

Built to the Queen’s personal specification, a unique 2001 Daimler Supercharged V8 is estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000. The Queen travelled more than 11,000 miles in ‘Y694 CDU’. Unique modifications include a factory adapted arm rest with a sliding holder specifically designed to hold her particular type of handbag.

Also offered is Princess Diana’s 1994 Audi Cabriolet, estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000. The automatic, 2.3-litre Cabriolet finished in Gomera Pearl with Parchment leather and cream carpets was presented to Diana for her personal use by Dovercourt Audi of St Johns Wood, and first registered on the 7 March, 1994.

Princess Diana travelled around 4000 miles in the car, occasionally photographed with Princes William and Harry in it. It was purchased in 2013 by our vendor and has only covered a handful of miles since, with the odometer now showing 21,412.

1972 Fiat 500L

Samantha Cameron's 1972 Fiat 500L

A quartet of Rolls-Royces feature in the collection including a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, formerly owned by Princess Margaret, estimated at between £90,000 and £110,000. A 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom first owned by Sir Elton John, is estimated at between £135,000 and £155,000.

It’s not just stately limousines that form the collection. A 1972 Fiat 500L purchased by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron as a surprise birthday present to his wife Samantha is estimated at between £18,000 and £22,000.

From the world of show business comes a 1987 Bristol Brigand, owned by pop star Will Young between 2009 and 2012, and a 1976 Bentley T1 previously owned by film director, restaurant critic and charity pioneer Michael Winner.

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Jewels In The Crown Collection


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