Royal Range Rover Classic makes £100k at auction

1975 two-door Range Rover once enjoyed by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales has sold during Silverstone Classic for regal £101,250

The Royal Family’s 1975 Range Rover has sold for a record £101,250 during the Silverstone Classic, making it the most expensive suffix-D Range Rover ever to have passed under the Silverstone Auctions’ hammer.

Delivered to the royal household on August 13, 1975, the Range Rover is believed to have been stored and used at Windsor Castle. However, the two-door 3.5-litre V8 hadn’t always enjoyed such a charmed life; it was unearthed in a state of disrepair on a Worcester farm estate back in 2013.

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In fact, the vehicle was in such a sorry state that it was virtually unrecognisable as Royal transport. Silverstone Auctions wasn’t alerted to the Range Rover’s heritage until the former owner ‘casually mentioned’ its heritage connections. But look at it now!

More than 1000 man hours over a two-year period were required to bring the Royal workhorse up to standard. Finished in its original Lincoln Green paintwork, the car retained its special-order full-length folding roof; this was apparently a favourite feature of the Royals, as it allowed them to stand and wave at the crowds.

Comprising a complete engine overhaul, transmission rebuild and considerable bodywork reconstruction, the restoration cost is reported to total £60,000. The car was estimated to sell for £70,000-80,000, so the final auction price raised few eyebrows; Royal vehicles always command a hefty premium.

A Heritage Certificate proves the Monarch connection to be genuine, with speculation that Prince Charles, Prince Phillip, Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally enjoyed the vehicle.

Members of the Windsor family have frequently been spotted behind the wheel of each generation of Range Rover, from the classic seen here through the P38, L322 and current L405 incarnation.

Further Royal connections to Solihull’s green oval include Queen Elizabeth II’s personal Land Rover 110 V8, which you can see her driving here:

Pictures courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

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