Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596

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Lot 283
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon

£ 160,000 - 180,000
US$ 200,000 - 230,000

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The Government's Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon
Registration no. DC61 ACF
Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
*Used by HM The Queen from 2012 to 2014
*Registered 'DK61 FHM' while in Royal service
*Unique specification
*Well documented
*Under 6,000 miles from new

Footnotes

  • For many decades the Royal fleet of official cars consisted of Rolls-Royce Phantom and Daimler DS420 limousines. Traditionally finished in Garnet over black, with the Coat of Arms on the doors and carrying the Royal Standard pennant, they were used for all manner of State occasions. By the turn of the century, though, both the Phantom VI and DS420 had been out of production for many years, and in 2001 it was decided that the Royal Family's fleet of cars needed updating. One of four Royal Warrant holders for the supply of vehicles, Bentley Motors Limited was commissioned to design and build two State Limousines to be ready in time for HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee tour of Great Britain in 2002. Subsequently it was decided that a more-subtle but no less luxurious car would be needed for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year of 2012. Once again, Bentley was asked to fulfil the brief, and came up with a very special version of their top-of-the-range Mulsanne - the car offered here - which was delivered to the Royal Mews early in 2012.

    Appropriately, this car is finished in Barnato Green, similar to British Racing Green, a colour named in honour of Captain Woolf Barnato, the wealthy financier whose injection of capital had saved the original Bentley company from bankruptcy in 1924. One of the celebrated 'Bentley Boys', Barnato was also an accomplished racing driver, as his three consecutive Le Mans wins testifies. This car's unique interior boasts burr walnut veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights, while the similarly veneered waist rails featured inlaid Royal crests. As one would expect of a car intended for a Head of State, the Mulsanne incorporated some discreet security features, including flashing blue lights front and rear.

    The Mulsanne was used mainly for State occasions in London from 2012 to 2014. When HM The Queen attended her only ever Cabinet Meeting - in December 2012, arranged as part of the Jubilee celebrations - it was the Mulsanne that conveyed her to 10 Downing Street, flanked by a police motorcycle escort. The then Prime Minister, David Cameron, opened the door for her in front of the world's media on one of the exceptionally rare occasions that a reigning monarch has set foot in No 10. The Bentley was also used to take Her Majesty to visit her husband Prince Philip at the London Clinic on his 92nd birthday in 2013 during his convalescence from surgery. Extensive video coverage of the Mulsanne being used during its time in Royal service may be found online.

    During its time in HM The Queen's service, the Bentley was registered as 'DK61 FHM', as seen widely in the news media. There are copy service records from Jack Barclay on file (dated 3rd December 2013) showing that chassis number 'SCBBA63Y5CC016596' was registered 'DK61 FHM' at time of service, while for security reasons the customer was listed as Bentley Motors Ltd.

    As is customary with cars used by the Royal Family, security devices and bespoke interior fittings are removed, and registration numbers changed when they are returned to the manufacturer. After the Mulsanne's use by HM The Queen came to an end, the Royal Crests were removed from the rear waist rails, the registration changed, and the car was sold discreetly by Bentley Motors Ltd via Bentley Leicester. One aspect of the car's specification that appears to have been overlooked when it was returned to 'civilian' use concerns the satellite navigation system, which, when the 'Home' icon is tapped, issues instructions taking the driver to Windsor Castle!

    The Bentley was then purchased by the proprietor of a prestigious Surrey specialist-car company for occasional personal use, covering only a few miles. It was then bought from that company by the present owner, the morning after its sale had been announced on the national television news. Currently displaying an odometer reading of a little under 6,000 miles, this unique piece of the Royal Family's history is presented in excellent condition throughout.

    An eminently usable modern luxury car from one of the world's most prestigious makes, this beautiful Mulsanne has the unique distinction of having been HM The Queen's personal transport during a landmark period of her reign. As such, it represents a possibly once-in-lifetime opportunity to purchase a car intimately associated with Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch.
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Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
Formerly the personal conveyance of HM the Queen,2012 Bentley Mulsanne Saloon  Chassis no. SCBBA63Y5CC016596
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