Queen’s old Bentley Mulsanne fails to sell at auction
A Bentley Mulsanne used by the Queen on state occasions failed to sell at an auction at the weekend.
The Mulsanne - finished in Barnato Green – was made for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year of 2012, with Bentley being asked to come up with a "very special version" of its range-topping Mulsanne saloon.
It was used by the Queen between 2012 and 2014, mainly for state occasions in London, but it was also used by the monarch to attend her only government Cabinet meeting ever in December 2012. The Mulsanne has been well publicised, with it being heavily photographed on most outings.
For security purposes, Bentley Motors Ltd appears as the first owner of the car, which has now had its security devices and bespoke interior fittings removed. It was then sold 'discreetly' via Bentley Leicester and has covered just under 6,000 miles, but the 'home' address on the satellite navigation system still appears as Windsor Castle.
The Mulsanne was estimated to sell for between £160,000 and £180,000, although it failed to reach its reserve at the Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival on Saturday. AOL Cars saw the Mulsanne yesterday, with a "STILL FOR SALE" notice appearing in the window of the ex-royal car.
Despite the disappointing result, Bonhams did achieve more than £10 million in sales, with highlights including an ex-Jack Sears 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 that went for £471,900, more than double its lower estimate, and a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta making £606,300.