Who doesn’t love the royals and their lavish lifestyle? People hold a special fondness for anything that has ever been in the remotest proximity of the royals.
From what they wear to what they eat and where they move around, everything comes under heavy scrutiny when it comes to the royals because the fascination people feel for them is nothing short of that received by celebrities, and to catch a glimpse of the royals people are actually willing to travel for many miles.
Owing to this overwhelming love and fascination, anytime anything associated with the royals is auctioned off or sold, naturally people go crazy. Some are willing to do just about anything to catch a glimpse of the royals while others, who have the means, are willing to do all in their power to get their hands on something which once belonged to the royal family.
A Passion For Cars
The Queen, as we all know, has a history with cars. Being a royal, she learned to drive long ago, sometime during World War II.
She was part of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and worked her way around the first aid truck. Since then, she has shown a keen interest in her car collection, and now the royal car collection is nothing short of remarkable with an estimated worth of almost $10 million.
From vintage Rolls Royce’s, Jaguars, and Bentleys, you can find it all in the royal garage.
Royal cars have often been auctioned off or sold to the public. The Queen’s Mulsanne Limousine, built by Bentley in 2012, took the Queen only once to a cabinet meeting in 2012. Other than that, her 2001 Daimler Supercharged V8 and Princess Diana’s Audi convertible have been sold as well, giving a chance for the locals to enjoy the royal luxuries.
This time the car that is being sold off is not just any car, but in fact the Ranger Rover used by the Duke of Edinburgh to drive the Queen. Prince Phillip has a special liking for cars as well and this one was a personal favorite.
Driving Around the Obamas
There is an interesting story attached to this car even though it has spent a short amount of time at the Palace. This car has not just been graced by the Queen herself but also the former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama. It was during their presidential visit in 2016 when the Obamas had the pleasure of sitting in this vehicle.
The Marine One presidential helicopter had landed close to Queen’s Berkshire home and Prince Phillip was kind enough to add a personal touch to the visit by driving the Queen and The Obamas around. Even at the age of 95 the Prince was steady behind the wheel as he drove the guests around and dropped outside the sovereign’s entrance. It was a nice gesture and surely the President appreciated it.
The car has been in use by the royals for about 2 years. It is now being sold off at the price of approximately $129,900 and has a mileage of 3200, which means it has been barely used. The fact that makes royal cars even more interesting is that they have special modifications, such as exclusive features which are added to base model vehicles to suit the special royal requirements.
The extra features in this car included side steps for the Queen and also an emergency police light, both of which have been removed as they aren’t required by the potential buyers of the vehicle.
Due to these unique touch-ups, these cars are often sold at a slightly higher price compared to similar models available in the market.
Experts highlight that premiums attached with such cars often vary significantly depending upon the previous owners of the vehicle, as buyers attach a sentimental value to the vehicle as well and hence are willing to pay a higher price.
The cars used by those closer to the throne often have higher premiums, like this Range Rover.