A 19-year-old Range Rover is expected to sell for ten times its list price value – because it was once owned by The Queen
Auctioneers selling the 2004 car say they can now prove that it was previously owned by the late monarch – presenting potential buyers sent a video of her behind the wheel of the 4×4.
It is expected to go for £60,000 – almost twice the price it was sold for just three months ago at another auction.
Buyers then were unsure of the famous previous owner leading to the luxury car failing to reach its starting bid price.
They were told there was circumstantial evidence that the motor was part of the fleet of cars in the royal household, but then current owner had been unable to confirm this for certain.
The 19-year-old car would otherwise cost a mere £5,000-£6,000 without the royal connection and is expected to sell for £60,000
Auctioneers have released a video proving the 2004 Range Rover was once owned by the late Queen Elizabeth II, causing the price to double
In the clip, Her Majesty can be seen climbing into the front seat and driving around
But with a video of the Queen behind the wheel of the car with the licence plate BN04 EPU the auctioneers have visual proof that the Epsom Green car was her run around vehicle while staying at Balmoral in Scotland and Windsor Castle.
Iconic Auctions have offered all potential buyers a copy of the video that proves the limited-edition car comes with the royal seal of approval.
The list price for a similar car without the royal connection would be just £5-6,000.
The auction house says: ‘Attempts have previously been made to clarify early ownership with various authorities but, as with any vehicle of this nature, it is almost impossible to achieve a result.
‘Pleasingly, however, video footage of HM Queen Elizabeth driving this Range Rover has now been located with the number plate clearly visible, ending earlier assumptions and confirming its heritage. Copies of the video are available on request.’
Other rare features include rear switches that control the electric windows on either side of the car and a small hole on the bonnet where a Labrador mascot was fitted
Just three months ago at another auction the third generation L322 car sold for almost half the current listing price as buyers were unsure of the famous previous owner, leading to the luxury car failing to reach its starting bid price
The auctioneers expect a fierce bidding war when the car comes under the hammer at the NEC centre in Birmingham on November 11th.
The Range Rover is equipped with several unusual features that were only offered by the company’s Special Vehicle Operations, including blue lights on the grille and dog guard.
Other rare features include rear switches that control the electric windows on either side of the car and a small hole on the bonnet where a Labrador mascot was fitted.
There are also interior handles that make it easier to get into the vehicle.
The car had been regularly serviced at dealerships in Mayfair and Aberdeen which likely showed it had been driven regularly from Windsor to the Balmoral estate where the Queen would spend her summers.
Considering it is 19 years old and covered 109,000 miles the vehicle is still in very good condition. -although it is unlikely to be ULEZ compliant due to its age.
The car first came up for auction in July with the sale handled by Historic Auctioneers.
While they were able to show a photo of the Queen sitting in the driver’s seat of the green Range Rover there was no conclusive proof it was the vehicle being offered for sale.
The winning bid came in at £33,000 with the buyer getting the vehicle for £5,000 less than what the auction house had predicted.