The Queen's Daimler auctions for $70,500



2015-06-26 13:24:42

The Queen's Daimler auctions for $70,500

With a specially adapted handbag holder and lambswool rugs, this Daimler was fit for a Queen

A 2001 Daimler used by Queen Elizabeth II has auctioned for 45,360 ($70,668) in the UK.

The V8 Super LWB vehicle beat its 30,000 ($45,907) high estimate by 51.2% at Historics at Brooklands' August 31 classic car auction.

Queen Elizabeth II Daimler limo The car clocked up 11,000 miles while in the Queens possession

2001 Daimlers without the royal provenance sell for between 6,000 ($9,344) and 8,000 ($12,459), evidence of the allure of Queen Elizabeth II memorabilia at the auction block.

View our stock of royal memorabilia and collectibles for sale.

A special-adapted handbag holder in the rear, lambswool rugs, and its still functioning security lighting controls fitted to the ashtray indicate the important nature of the car's owners. Used on journeys to and from Buckingham Palace, the Queen and Prince Philip would also drive the vehicle themselves around the Windsor estate.

It clocked up 11,000 miles between 2001 and 2004, before the car returned to Jaguar.

Royal cars have a habit of causing a stir at auction. A 1980s Daimler Majestic V8 used by the Queen in the 1980s sold for an unspecified sum at a Peter Ratcliffe sale in 2010, while George VI's Lanchester made 29,325 ($45,500) at Bonhams in 2009.

A 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante once used by Prince Charles auctioned for 119,100 ($185,500) at Bonhams last year.

A 3.8 litre 1964JaguarE-Type Series I Roadster was the top lot of the weekend's sale, achieving 100,800 ($157,027) against a 90,000 high estimate.

A 1934AlvisSpeed 20 SB Vanden Plas Drop Head Coup also performed well. It made 95,200 ($148,293), comfortably up on its 85,000 high valuation.

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