Ex-Queen Mother Rolls-Royce up for auction
A Rolls-Royce once owned by the late Queen Mother is to go under the hammer this April at Barons Auctioneers' Classic Collector and Sports Car Auction.
The imposing Phantom V model is finished in an eye-catching canary yellow with a contrasting black roof and features all of the necessary creature comforts including decanters (with matching glasses, of course), a telephone and air conditioning.
Described as limited to use by "people with the priority to almost anywhere" – mainly due to its improbably large 16-metre turning circle, this model features Rolls-Royce's venerable V8 motor, which provided more than enough power to see off almost anything on the roads at the time.
This particular model is also thought to be the brand's 1963 motor show stand car, which was subsequently supplied to the Queen Mother, and joined the royal family's extensive collection of vehicles. It is expected to fetch between £60,000-£100,000 now.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is to be joined by a selection of other rare models, including a 1965 Ford Mustang, which has been converted into a racing car and boasts 710bhp, and a rare custom 1985 Austin Roadster, which features a re-worked metal body to incorporate a sleek convertible hood.
Also being offered at the auction is a rare 1964 Corvette Stingray – arguably the most collectible vintage American muscle car. UK registered and with a fresh MOT, the model has recently undergone a full engine rebuild and drives like new, according to its vendor.
Barons' Classic Collector and Sports Car Auction takes place on April 21 (with viewings held the day before) at Esher Hall in Surrey.