The Queen’s historic Land Rover is headed for auction in the UK | Daily News Byte

The Queen’s historic Land Rover is headed for auction in the UK

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This historic Land Rover Series One was driven 50 years ago by the Queen and the recently crowned King. It is expected to sell for up to £150,000 ($AU272,500).


A classic Land Rover that has been owned by the Royal Family for more than a decade is to be auctioned in the UK next year.

Listed by Silverstone AuctionsThe Land Rover Series One was the 11th built in 1953, with Queen Elizabeth II taking delivery almost a year after her father King George VI succeeded her as leader of the Commonwealth.

According to the listing, the Land Rover was commissioned by the Royal Family and delivered to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where it was registered ‘NXN 1’ in 1954.



Most of its time was spent at the grounds of Balmoral, run by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, while heir apparent Prince Charles (now King Charles III) also had time behind the wheel.

The Queen Mother drove the Land Rover at the nearby Birkhall estate before the off-roader was sold to its most recent owner in 1966, then re-registered ‘LXC 894D’.

There are conflicting accounts of Land Rover’s history from 1966 to the present Silverstone Classics She has lived with her current owner in Bellator, Scotland since being purchased from the Royal Family.



According to a social media post in a UK owner’s group, Land Rover Series One ClubA Land Rover was featured in a 2015 episode Antiques Road ShowHowever it was fitted with the original ‘NXN 1’ number plate – not ‘LXC 894D’.

The listing includes a photo of a Land Rover Series One at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in February 2022, one of more than 26 cars from the Jaguar Land-Rover group on display to celebrate her 70 years as the UK’s head of state.

Between 1950 and 1958, the Land Rover Series One was powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a four-wheel drive system.



In its nearly 70-year life, this example has recorded more than 53,500 miles (86,000 km) on its odometer, according to the auction house.

Silverstone Auctions The Royal Family’s Land Rover Series One is estimated to sell for between £100,000 ($AU181,750) and £150,000 ($AU272,500), with bidding set to open on 25 February 2023 at 11am AEDT.

Last month, a Jaguar X-Type wagon that was first registered to the Queen sold at auction for £39,200 ($AU71,250) – more than 2.5 times the £15,000 ($AU26,500) sale price of an almost identical example – With a less impressive history – in 2016.



In August 2022, Silverstone Auctions Princess Diana’s Ford Escort RS Turbo sold for £724,000 ($1.32 million), eclipsing the auction record for a car owned by the late Princess, which was held by a 1994 Audi 80 Cabriolet for £58,000 ($AU102,000 today) in March 2020.

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