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Ex-Royal car collection to be sold at auction

Silverstone Auctions will offer a selection of cars previously owned by British Royalty, politicians and celebrities

A selection of 12 vehicles – known as the Jewels in the Crown collection – all previously owned by British Royalty, politicians and celebrities, is set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show Sale at the NEC on 12-13 November. 
The most valuable car in the sale is a recent 2012 Bentley Mulsanne, which was produced for the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain. Painted in Barnato Green this Bentley was fitted with walnut burr veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights. Subtle security features were installed, including front and rear blue flashing lights, Kevlar reinforced tyres and armour protection and glass where appropriate. It’s estimated at £215,000 and £235,000. 
Another one of the Queen’s former vehicles, a 2001 Daimler Supercharged V8, is also offered. This is a car that she rode in frequently, racking up more than 11,000 miles, and it still features the special factory adapted arm rest with a sliding holder specifically designed to hold her particular type of handbag.
Princess Diana’s beloved 1994 Audi Cabriolet, previously sold by Silverstone Auctions, is estimated at £50,000-£60,000. The car was presented to Diana for her personal use by Dovercourt Audi of St Johns Wood, and first registered on the 7th March 1994. 
Rolls-Royces also feature heavily in the collection, including a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II – formerly owned by HRH Princess Margaret – and a 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom first bought by Sir Elton John.
Another small part of UK political history is 1972 Fiat 500L purchased by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron as a surprise birthday present to his wife Samantha. It’s estimated at between £18,000 and £22,000.

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