Bentley to offer Royal cars at Bonham’s Goodwood Revival Sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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A number of cars linked to the Royal family will be up for grabs

Bonham’s  Goodwood Revival Sale on September 8, will see a number of historic Rolls-Royces on behalf of Bentley’s Heritage Collection cross the auction block. Highlights will include a number of highly-desirable cars linked to the Royal Family for the discerning British collector.

Bentley split with Rolls-Royce in 1998, but until then had their hands jointly in various cars of extreme significance.

Eight cars in total will come from Bentley’s Heritage Collection, and includes two vehicles used by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

The headline of the lot is a 1953 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette, used by the Queen on state occasions and kept by the British Royal Family from 1959 to 2002. This car is also identical to the car used by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her wedding day in May this year.

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Bonhams estimates the car to fetch in between AUD$1.8 million dollars and AUD$3.5 million.

Bonhams’ co-chariman, Malcom Barber said "there were only 18 of the Phantom IVs built, and they were bought by heads of state or dignitaries".

"None are exactly the same, and they’re all built to special order. Even if you are a Rolls-Royce collector, you wouldn’t have anything similar, because each has its own identity".

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Another Royal car: a 1985 Rolls-Royce ‘Centenary" Silver Spur saloon, was the 100,000th Rolls-Royce built, and was used by Princess Diana. Estimate is between AUD$140,000 and AUD$180,000.

Other cars from the Bentley collection include: a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V ‘High Roof’ State Limousine, with a pre-auction estimate between: AUD$1.8 million and AUD$2.6 million; as well as a 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible which is the last Rolls-Royce ever, built at the Crewe factory in Cheshire.

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Barber spoke further of the collection: "This is a remarkable collection of cars, and one that beautifully illustrates the history of one of the most celebrated and prestigious companies in the world. Rolls-Royces have been present at countless historic events in recent British history, and the heritage fleet encapsulates the most significant models produced by the marque."

It looks to be a truly special auction, with a number of these cars boasting extreme history and provenance for the British collector.

The sale shall commence on September 8 in Goodwood and we’ll be watching with keen eyes as these rare cars with rare pasts to match, go under the hammer.

 

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