If you are a car enthusiast and would like to own a vehicle that was once in the possession of Royalty then you may wish to get along to the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2016 that is taking place next month. This is because someone has decided to sell a number of cars that include motor vehicles previously owned by the likes of the Queen, HRH Princess Margaret, Princess Diana, the Qatari Royal Family plus other well-known people such as Sir Elton John and Samantha Cameron (David Cameron’s wife).
One of the vehicles is a Bentley Mulsanne in Barnato Green with a 6,750cc engine that was delivered to the Queen in 2012 and was used to transport her on a number of occasions including when she attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street. When it was used by the Queen it had various security features fitted including armoured plating and glass but when it ceased to be used by the Queen it was returned to Bentley and these security features were removed. This luxury car is obviously in wonderful condition and has done less than 6,000 miles. It is expected to be sold for between £215,000 to £235,000.
Another of the cars, is a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 11 that was once owned by HRH Princess Margaret. It was painted in Cardinal Red and had a black roof. The interior of the car was fitted out to HRH’s requirements such as the rear seats being higher than normal so that people could see her. One of the occasions that it was used for was to transport members of her family at her private funeral in 2002 following which it was sold. This classic vehicle is in excellent condition and has an estimated price of between £90,000 to £110,000.
Back in 1994, Diana, Princess of Wales took ownership of a new, automatic 2.3-litre Audi Cabriolet. It was painted in Gomera Pearl. She only drove around 4,000 miles in the vehicle before returning it to Audi. It still has a very low mileage for its age at just over 21,000 miles and is in delightful condition. It has an estimate of between £50,000 to £60,000 and perhaps this just shows the impact that someone from the Royal Family having driven the vehicle can have on its value.
Moving away from cars owned by members of the Royal Family, you may wish to consider a white 1972 Fiat 500L that was once bought by David Cameron for his wife Samantha’s birthday. It only had a 499cc engine. Apparently, a taxi driver who returned the Cameron’s to their home in October 2005 noticed the Fiat 500 on their drive and then bought it from them for £1,000. It has been extensively refurbished and has done below 15,000 miles and has an estimate of between £18,000 to £22,000.
You can find more information about the above vehicles and many more on the website of Silverstone Auctions.