A Daimler Double Six saloon car, once owned by Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II, is set to go to auction next month in London.
Delivered new to Buckingham Palace in October 1984 for the Queen’s personal use, the car was extensively road-tested by engineers at Jaguar’s Coventry factory over roughly 3,000 miles to ensure it was nothing less than perfect upon delivery.
During the ensuing three years, it was used as Her Majesty’s personal car and in local and low-profile engagements.
The Daimler’s first careful lady owner racked up around 12,000 miles during that time, before it was replaced in 1990 by another vehicle. The car was kept on by the Royal family and used by family members and the Royal Security before being returned and kept at the factory with some 29,000 miles on the clock.
Until purchased by its present owner in 2010, the Daimler remained in Jaguar’s corporate ownership at the factory, where all maintenance was performed.
By Royal Warrant
The Daimler Motor Company had a history with the Royals, having been awarded a Royal Warrant to provide cars for the Monarch in 1902. This model would have been manufactured under the stewardship of British Leyland, at the time owners of Jaguar, Daimler having been part of the Jaguar brand since the 1960s.
Custom seats for the Queen’s corgis
The Queen’s car was equipped with all mod cons plus some bespoke touches commissioned on behalf of the car’s prestigious owner.These include a blue convoy light fitted in front of the rear-view mirror to enable security teams to identify the car more easily at night and to be more visible in the event of a security threat to the Queen.
A full-length rear seat cushion was installed in lieu of the standard twin cushion—for the comfort of HRH’s three pet corgis to ride more securely. For official use, the fog lights have a setting that makes them flash at regular intervals.
A set of registration plates with the original royal number, along with several photos of the Queen enjoying the car, are included with the sale. All handbooks, tools, keys, complete historical documentation, and an official stamped JDHT certificate are included.
Presented in original and unrestored condition the car is, according to the auctioneers, “truly a remarkable motor car in every way”.
When is it being auctioned and how much is the car listed for?
The Queen’s former car is offered without reserve by auctioneers RM Sotheby’s in London on 24 October 2019. Online listings for similar vintage models show asking prices between £8,000 and £40,000 depending on condition and model specifics – although it is unlikely many other examples on the market can boast quite such prestigious heritage.