The British Royal family is auctioning off a rare Rolls Royce at the Goodwood Revival Sale on September 8. 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette is one of just 18 such cars that were ever produced and it looks very similar to the car that Meghan Duchess of Cambridge arrived in for her wedding to Prince Harry. This car was used by the Royal Family between 1959 and 2002.
The Landaulette is part of an eight-piece collection of Rolls Royce cars put on sale by Bonhams auction house. Malcolm Barber, co-chairman of Bonhams, said that “very very rarely would cars like this come onto the open market”. He added that he could not think of another like it in his career of more than 30 years. “It’s a jewel in the collection”, he said speaking about the Phantom IV. “Rolls-Royce motor cars have been present at countless historic events in recent British history, and the Heritage Fleet encapsulates the most significant models produced by the marque.”
The modifications made to this Rolls Royce seem to evidence its life as a Royal Chariot. It has high seats and large windows, intended to give the public a glance at the Queen. It also has a tough perspex panel at the back for extra visibility and light, as well as a blue light above the windshield for emergencies. It will be joined at auction by other Rolls Royces used by the Royal Family including a 1985 Rolls-Royce ‘Centenary’ Silver Spur Saloon which was occasionally used by the late Princess Diana.