Goodwood, UK - Fancy owning a Rolls-Royce that belonged to the Queen of England? Achieving high classic-car values is all about the vehicle’s condition and provenance, and nothing comes with a better CV than a luxury limousine that belonged to royalty.
A collection of eight Rolls-Royces - some of them previously belonging to the British royal family - are going under the hammer through Bonhams auctioneers in Chichester, Goodwood in the UK next month.
The star of the collection is a 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette with coachwork by Hooper & Co which is estimated to fetch between £1 000 000 and £2 000 000 (R17-million and R34-million) at the September 9 auction. This is identical to the car in which Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was driven to Windsor Castle on the former actress’s recent wedding to Prince Harry.
Another must-have for the avid classic-car collector is a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V ‘High Roof’ State Limousine that conveyed Queen Elizabeth and her corgis to her various royal engagements. Its estimated value is between £1 000 000 and £1 500 000 (R17-million to R26-million).
Also up for grabs to the highest bidder is the 1985 'Centenary' Silver Spur saloon which was used by the late Princess Diana and was the 100 000th Rolls-Royce car built. It’s expected to fetch between £80 000 and £100 000 (R1.4-million to R1.7-million).
A further highlight of the collection is the cherished registration plate RR01, probably the holy grail for any true Rolls-Royce enthusiast.
The collection of eight are exclusively coachbuilt and were all assembled at the original Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe.