Goodwood Festival to feature Queen Elizabeth's cars

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature the largest ever collection of cars used by Queen Elizabeth II, as a mark of respect in her Diamond Jubilee year.

The collection will be vast: there will be no fewer than six special classes, including limousines, official overseas state visit travel, working cars, personal family cars, aviation, rail and horse-drawn vehicles. Plus a few royal household toy cars.

There will be plenty of classic British limousines, such as Her Majesty's 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and 1929 Daimler Double Six 30hp Brougham. However, there will also be cars used by the Queen when overseas, supplied by the national governments and specially sent over to Goodwood.

One of the most extraordinary cars ever built will be featured – a Citroen SM Decapotable used in a state visit to France in 1972. The SM started life as a Maserati-engined Grand Tourer (in a similar class to the slightly later Jaguar XJS), but this version is a four-door convertible – a sort of French equivalent to President Kennedy's Lincoln convertible.

There will also be cars used by the Queen in a personal capacity, showing that she was quite happy to slum it, comparatively speaking. One of these is a special estate version of a Vauxhall Cresta (pictured), bought to transport the Queen's corgis – appropriate as the Cresta was a bit of a dog even when new.

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