- A car once owned by Queen Elizabeth II will be up for auction on August 31.
- The 2001 Daimler Super V8 long-wheelbase limousine is expected to bring as much as $45,588.
- Special features include custom lighting, fittings for trunk-mounted communication equipment and a sliding handbag holder.
WEYBRIDGE, England — A 2001 Daimler Super V8 long-wheelbase limousine, once owned by Queen Elizabeth II, is expected to bring as much as $45,588 at auction on August 31.
The British Racing Green (what else?) Daimler was the queen's personal transportation for three years. She was not only chauffeured in it but often drove it herself for both private and official functions within the grounds of her estate at Windsor Castle and around her residence at Buckingham Palace in London.
The car is being put up for sale by Historics at Brooklands, a British auction house that specializes in classic vehicles and motoring memorabilia. The firm is located at the Brooklands Museum on the site of the historic Brooklands racing circuit, the world's first purpose-built banked racetrack.
Since every British monarch since King Edward VII, who died in 1910, has been transported in Daimler vehicles, the company has had some experience preparing cars for royalty. Special features in this model include blue strobe lights, flashing headlights and taillights and fittings in the trunk that once held high-tech communications equipment.
It also sports a unique center console with sliding handbag holder, a feature requested personally by the queen, as well as a pair of neon blue lights above the rearview mirror, used for easy identification by security personnel and household staff.
In addition to these custom touches, the car is outfitted with all the goodies expected in a British luxury car, including butter-soft leather seats, lambswool carpeting and an abundance of exotic wood trim. Power comes from a supercharged 4.0-liter V8 that develops 375 horsepower.
Before delivery in June 2001, the car was driven for 2,500 shakedown miles, just to be sure it was dependable enough for Her Majesty. While in the monarch's possession it saw another 11,000 miles before being returned in 2004 to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, to which it is still registered. The odometer currently shows 15,242 miles.
The car is being sold with its original tires, two sets of keys and full service history. The lucky bidder will also receive a Heritage Certificate from Jaguar and a letter from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certifying its regal heritage. The Daimler brand was purchased by Jaguar in 1960.
Edmunds says: For sale: One-owner car, low mileage, driven by elderly lady for trips to the market, church and polo matches; immaculate condition except for Corgi hair in carpets.