Vintage Rolls Royce cars used by Queen Elizabeth and members of the
British royal family over the past seven decades are to be auctioned
next month, at prices expected to reach up to 2.6 million U.S.
Top of the list at the sale by auctioneers Bonhams on September 8 is a
1953 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette, built in celebration of
Rolls-Royce’s Golden Jubilee and used by Queen Elizabeth.
It was kept in the Royal Mews from 1959 until 2002, said Bonhams who
have listed the price tag at between 1.3 million U.S. dollars to 2.6
million U.S. dollars.
It is one of only 18 of the models ever built by Rolls Royce.
The Phathom IV is very similar to the bridal car used to transport
Meghan Markle to Windsor Castle for her May wedding to Prince Harry.
The car, used by Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, and her mother
Doria as they travelled from their hotel to St George’s Chapel, was
another of the 18 models built only for heads of state and the most
notable of public figures, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The collection of eight highly important Rolls-Royce motors, includes
vehicles used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, first wife of the
heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.
Also up for sale is the 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V “High Roof” State
Limousine, which Bonhams has priced at between 1.3 million U.S.
dollars and 2 million U.S. dollars.
The car was modified with high seats and large windows to enable the
public to see the Queen as she was driven past on her visits and
The limousine, also used by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on state
occasions, is currently on display on the Royal Yacht Britannia in
One of the Rolls Royce’s being sold is very similar to the bridal car
used to transport Meghan Markle to Windsor Castle for her May wedding
to Prince Harry.
That car, used by Ms Markle and her mother Doria as they travelled
from their hotel to St George’s Chapel, was another of the 18 models
built only for heads of state and the most notable of public figures,
the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Malcolm Barber, co-chairman of Bonhams told the Sunday Telegraph that
only very rarely would cars like this come onto the open market,
saying he could not think of another like it in his career of more
than 30 years.
Of the Phantom IV, Barber said: “It’s a jewel in the collection.
“Rolls-Royce motor cars have been present at countless historic events
in recent British history, and the Heritage Fleet encapsulates the
most significant models produced by the marque.”