A 1978 Land Rover owned by Queen Elizabeth II set for auction
Commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II back in 1978, the green Land Rover Series III, an off-road vehicle originally inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep, which boasts a number of state-of-the-art modifications perfect for Royals has now come up on the auction block. Queen Elizabeth II’s car is being offered for sale after the noted classic car auctioneer Brooklands has been granted approval by the Ministry of Defence to sell the ‘Royal Review State’ V Series III, which has a mileage of only 1,892. Described to be one of the motoring jewels in the crown, this vehicle was originally modified by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to feature a traffic-light system that enables Her Majesty to signal the driver to start, slow or stop.
Having done just 1892 miles, this particular Land Rover is almost 35-years-old but is still in full working condition features double rear doors and a rear retractable step. The car is estimated to fetch between $23,870 and $28,640.
As per the auctioneer Edward Bridger-Stille said, “Despite prolific production of the Series III Land Rover, it’s highly unlikely one like this will ever come to auction again.” Besides that Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love for Land Rover cars, and is often spotted behind the wheel of one Range Rover or another.
The other classic cars of the British royal family to have showed up on auction block recently includes Prince Charles’ Aston Martin Volante that had been sold for $187,890, beating its $112,733 high estimate by 70.1% and Princess Diana’s Armored Rolls Royce that got sold for $122,322 in an eBay charity auction.
Also, from the British car manufacturer, Land Rover, we have earlier seen Winston Churchill’s custom Land Rover regarded as one of the rarest original Series 1 Land Rover, and was originally given to the wartime Prime Minister as a present from car maker Rover on the occasion of his 80th birthday in November, 1954, to go on auction block with an estimate of over $94,158.
UPDATE: Land Rover owned by Queen Elizabeth II has been auctioned on November 24 for $47,470 over and above its top estimate of $28,640.