Literally fit for a Queen: Elizabeth's Bentley Mulsanne for sale
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A 2012 Bentley Mulsanne, formerly the personal conveyance of HM The Queen, is presumably still for sale after failing to find a buyer at auction during the Goodwood Revival.
It had been anticipated to sell for between £160,000 and £180,000 but bidding fell short of the lower estimate.
However, a 1968 Land Rover Series IIA also used by the monarch sold for £34,500 against an estimate of £20,000 to £30,000. It had a platform on the rear with a large screen, where the Queen and Prince Philip sat during the Silver Jubilee tour in 1977.
The Bentley Mulsanne luxury saloon, registered DC61 ACF (although it was registered DK61 FHM while in Royal service), was used by The Queen during state occasions in London from 2012 to 2014 and still has fewer than 6,000 miles on the clock.
Although the car has been returned to factory specification, according to auctioneer Bonhams the satnav has not been re-set and when the "Home" icon is tapped it provides route guidance to Windsor Castle.
One of four Royal Warrant holders for the supply of vehicles, Bentley Motors Limited had built two State Limousines for The Queen's Golden Jubilee tour of Great Britain in 2002.
For her Diamond Jubilee year of 2012, it was decided that a more subtle - but no less luxurious - limousine would be required. Once again, Bentley was asked to fulfil the brief, and came up with a special version of its top-of-the-range Mulsanne, which was delivered to the Royal Mews early in 2012.
It is finished in Barnato Green, similar to British Racing Green, a colour named in honour of Captain Woolf Barnato, the wealthy financier whose injection of capital had saved the Bentley company from bankruptcy in 1924. He was also one of the celebrated “Bentley Boys”, who took three consecutive wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in the Twenties.
This car's unique specification includes burr walnut-veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights, while the similarly veneered waist rails featured inlaid Royal crests.
It also incorporated some discreet security features, including flashing blue lights front and rear.
As is customary with cars used by the Royal Family, security devices and bespoke interior fittings are removed, and registration numbers changed when they are returned to the manufacturer. After the Mulsanne's use by The Queen came to an end, the Royal Crests were removed from the rear waist rails, the registration changed, and the car was sold discreetly by Bentley Motors Ltd.
- Paul Hudson, Telegraph UK