One is a careful lady owner - Queen's old Daimler is sold at auction
A car owned and driven by the Queen has sold at auction for £40,000.It may have seemed like a fairly standard description for a second hand car – green 2001 Daimler, low mileage and one careful lady owner.
Except in this case the phrase “One’s a careful lady owner” would have been more appropriate as the car in question was owned and driven by the Queen for three years.
The 2001 Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine, which came complete with a specially adapted armrest with a sliding holder to hold the Queen’s handbag, sold at auction for £40,500.
The car, which was used by the Queen for three years until 2004 when it was returned to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, was sold with a mileage of 15,242 and all of its original specifications, including lamb’s wool rugs on the floor.
The vehicle, which was often driven by the Queen herself or the Duke of Edinburgh, was tested over 2,500 miles before it was delivered to the Queen in 2001 with British Racing Green livery.
It was sold by auction house Historics at Brooklands in Surrey with its original tyres and the adapted ashtray that houses the security lighting controls, which remain fully functioning.
These include a set of blue flashing strobes occupying the front fog lamp inserts, alternate flashing headlamps and alternate flashing rear lights.
A pair of neon blue lights by the rear view mirror, which were used to identify the vehicle in which the Queen was travelling when approaching her destination, were also still in place.
In the vehicle’s capacious boot, the fittings for direct contact to the Home Office and Downing Street should it have been needed were also still present, although the working components have been removed.
Inside, the interior of the car there are deep lamb’s wool floor rugs.
The car came with a full service history by RA Creamer of Kensington and Guy Salmon of Ascot, and was sold with all original documentation, two sets of keys and original registration number, along with photographs of the Queen driving and being driven in it.