The British royal family has been a global source of fascination for decades. Fans of the family follow their every move and especially what they drive. When cars hit the auction block with a royal history, they fetch a premium price and make international headlines. These rare collector items offer drivers a slice of the royal life.
A few gems owned by Princess Margret have sold
On May, 26 a custom Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II went up for sale with H&H Classics in Cambridge, England. The car was estimated to sell for $63,400 to $77,500. In the 22 years that the princess owned the Rolls-Royce, it only put 48,000 miles on the tires.
1980s Silver Wraith II is being sold with H&H Classics at IWM in Cambridge, as part of a classic car sale, where it’s expected to fetch between £45,000 and £55,000 (around $63,400 to $77,500). Aside from its royal pedigree, this Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II is also one of just 2,135 made between 1977 and 1980.
Princess Diana’s collection was extensive
In 1981 Prince Charles bought Diana a 1981 Escort Ghia for his new wife. The car was powered by a 1.6L 84 hp four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed manual transmission. This car accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.7 seconds. However, with a top speed of 104 mph, this practical Ford was not a track star.
Her Audi 80 Cabriolet sold at auction in 2020 for $81,853.The dark green convertible stuns with a crisp white interior. After several owners the odometer still reads 22,000 miles. This car could show up at auction again for the next lucky bidder.
Diana didn’t just stick to practical hatchbacks. One of her better-known cars was a Jaguar XJS Cabriolet. The busy mom of two had additional rear seats added so Princes William and Harry could ride along. This one was spared the auction house as Diana donated it to the Jaguar Heritage Trust.
Queen Elizabeth has offered up some treasures at auction
Elizabeth the II’s Bentley Mulsanne is one of the most famous examples of a great used car that was gently used by one owner. The queen used the Mulsanne so gingerly that the odometer reads 2,000 miles. The Bernato reen car was offered at a starting price of $250,000.
A 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette owned by the queen was auctioned off for an estimated $2.6 million. This maroon luxury car is one of only 18 ever made. The queen used this faithful car for six decades as she traveled around the world.
The Queen’s Daimler was once fitted with sophisticated radio equipment to keep in constant contact with Buckingham Palace. The equipment was removed before the car was sent to auction. It sold for a mere $63,483. A royal bargain for classic car shoppers.
Sales of royally owned cars are popular events at auction houses. Eager fans of the ruling family can try their luck at driving home on a piece of automotive history. Some surprisingly low bids have walked away with priceless pieces of history. Careful bidders could ride in royal style for the right price.