If you’re a car lover and have also longed to own a slice of British high life, here’s your golden chance. A special collection of 12 cars, previously owned by British royalty, celebrities and top politicians, is being offered on auction by Silverstone Auctions. Set to go under the hammer on November 12 and 13 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham as part of the Classic Motor Show Sale, these cars include a 2001 Daimler V8 owned by Queen Elizabeth II, a 1994 Audi Cabriolet once owned by Princess Diana, Sir Elton John’s 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom, a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, formerly owned by Princess Margaret as well as a 1972 Fiat 500L that former UK Prime Minister David Cameron gifted his wife Samantha.
However, headlining the collection dubbed the 'Jewels in the Crown’ is a 2012 Bentley Mulsanne, estimated to fetch between £215,000 (Dh1,00,4500) and £235,000 (1,09,8159). This car was produced by Bentley exclusively for the Queen for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain. Finished in Barnato Green, the special Mulsanne comes with walnut burr veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights. The waist rails, which are also walnut veneered are inlaid with Royal crests. It’s also got a few security add-ons like Kevlar-reinforced tyres and armoured glass as well. Incidentally, this is the car that the Queen arrived in for her only cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in 2012.
The second car owned by Her Majesty is a 2001 Daimler Supercharged V8 is estimated at between £50,000 (Dh233,700) and £60,000 (Dh280,600). If you’re looking for something that’s less ostentatious but with a royal connection, and for the same kind of money as the Daimler, then you can bid for Princess Diana’s 1994 Audi Cabriolet.
There are also four Rolls-Royces offered as part of the auction, including a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, formerly owned by Princess Margaret, estimated at between £90,000 (Dh420,800) and £110,000 (Dh514,000) and a 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom first owned by Sir Elton John, expected to fetch between £135,000 (Dh631,261) and £155,000 (Dh724,700).
“It’s an honour for Silverstone Auctions to offer cars with such amazing provenance, cars that belonged to HM The Queen, as well as being owned by some of the most influential personalities of the Twentieth Century. We anticipate a huge amount of interest in these cars from across the globe,” says Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “These cars have been wonderfully cared for over their lifetimes and we look forward to finding them new homes.”