Queen's Land Rover Series III For Sale
Is this okay? The Queen's Land Rover Series III is to be auctioned by Historics at Brooklands on November 24th 2012.
Is this okay? The Queen's Land Rover Series III is to be auctioned by Historics at Brooklands on November 24th 2012. Hope someone asked Her Majesty's permission or it could be “off with their head”. This Royal Review State V four-wheel-drive – which is owned by the Ministry of Defence - was purchased new in 1978. Since then it has only covered 1,892 miles so its condition remains fit for a Queen. It is therefore expected to sell for between £15,000 and £18,000. That should enable our monarch to afford the replacement.Historics’ Auction Director, Edward Bridger-Stille, said: “We are excited and honoured to be entrusted with the task of finding a new home for such a unique vehicle.” He added: “We pride ourselves on bringing distinctive vehicles to auction - and despite prolific production of the Series III Land Rover - it’s highly unlikely one like this will ever come to auction again.” Interestingly, the Queen's Land Rover was modified in 1979. It therefore has a few toys to entertain its occupant. These include a traffic light system bolted to the dashboard. These red, amber, and green lights enable Her Majesty to instruct the driver to stop, slow, or start via buttons in the rear. This complements the double rear doors and retractable step which still work. Plus, of course, it is a Series III Land Rover so it has classic lines and a sky-high image. Its new owner had better look after it, then - or expect a visit to the Tower of London.