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Putin’s Limo Can Now be Yours

In recent years, we have seen the war of the presidential limo reach new heights, with Trump and Putin going head-to-head, eager to outshine one another with their state limousines. While both sporting exceptional motors, many of us have become fascinated by Putin’s Aurus limousine; a car developed especially for the presidential motorcade.

As a new brand, many believed his choice of car to be risky, ditching the trusty Mercedes limo for a new, untested model.

A ‘bunker on wheels’

Described as a ‘bunker of wheels’ the limousine puts safety and passenger comfort as priorities; two features that will no doubt served the president well daily.

Due to the limo’s success, the Aurus will now enter full mass production, giving everyone the chance to own their very own Aurus limo. But, this story comes as no surprise, with expansion having been on the brand’s radar for many years now.

“We have started receiving signals from various countries about their desire to buy the [Aurus] limousine. Bahrain is among such countries. But while mass production has not been set up yet, there are only a few cars available. In the future, it will be possible,” the representative said back in 2017.

5000 limos to be made

According to sources, the production line will begin in 2020, with the facilities of Russia’s automobile company, Sollers, being utilised for the project.

Trade Minister, Denis Manturov, made the announcement just this week, revealing that some 5,000 Aurus cars will be produced per year. So far, the brand has only been producing limousines and Sedans. However, with this extra capacity and further investment, the range is set to expand dramatically, stamping Aurus’ name in the Russian manufacturing industry for the foreseeable future.

An off-road vehicle entitled the Aurus Komendant is also set to roll off the production line before 2022; a project that the drivers of Russia eagerly await.

The aim of the brand was to position Russia as a world leader in vehicle manufacturing; a target Aurus is getting closer to on a daily basis. Let us know what you think. Will this project be a success?

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Frank Sinatra’s Rolls Royce Could be Yours

In our opinion, there is nothing more exciting than a great car owned by a great celebrity, with we at Limo Broker being lucky enough to boast some pretty extraordinary cars on our books. This is why we are thrilled to learn of a new Rolls Royce up for grabs. According to sources, a Roller previous owned by the one and only Frank Sinatra is on the market.

But, unlike many celebrity cars, this car was actually used by the music sensation, not just left in a garage to rust. Bought for the ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ singer, the 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was a 70th birthday present, gifted to Sinatra by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

A £125,000 price tag

Brought over from New York to the UK when purchased after the star’s death, the car will now go up for auction at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham. Taking place on November 10th, the car is expected to fetch a commendable £125,000. Having recently had £47,000 spent on it to restore it, the Rolls Royce is in a truly spectacular state.

“Frank Sinatra is a name that has remained prominent in the world of music and culture and even since his death in 1998, Sinatra’s films and music are still revered as some of the greatest of all time,” said Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“Offering Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Rolls-Royce at auction for the first time in its history presents an amazing opportunity for film, music and car fans alike. The influence Sinatra still holds over the music and film industry to this day is real evidence of the respect and love he garnered throughout his career.”

Let us know what you think, would you part with £125,000 for Frank Sinatra’s car?

Students help Bentley design the cars of the future

Having just celebrated their 100th year in the business, Bentley are going to great lengths to remain popular in the ever-changing world of transport. Getting involved in various electric and driverless car projects, Bentley has this week placed focus on the future of British transportation. Roping in the help of Royal College of Art students, Bentley asked students to create images of what they thought cars would look like in 2050. And, what they came up with was nothing short of genius.

While the designs were certainly exercising the theme of radicality, many of the mechanical concepts were not too farfetched. Though all different in design, the general consensus was that cars will symbolise individuality and freedom in 2050, with transport of the future being about a lot more than getting from A to B. It was also agreed that the conventional, internal combustion engine would no longer be a popular car makeup. Instead, people will occasionally drive conventional cars, simply for the feeling of nostalgia. Mostly drivers are expected to travel in fully-electric, automated cars.

“Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration we asked millennial students for their vision of the future,” says Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff.

“We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training, if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”

Let us know what you think, will we be driving in such outlandish cars in just 30 years’ time?

2019 Bentleys to receive special features

From new, unique anniversary models to special events, Bentley is marking its 100th year in business in various different ways. As a huge accolade for the brand, Bentley has this week announced that the cars of 2019, their 10-decade anniversary, will boast a string special features. According to relevant sources, all vehicles built in the year will have the ‘Centenary Specification’, ensuring that in years to come, these cars will be identifiable as ‘special’.  

These features will include unique, exclusive badges, broidery, colours as well as keys.  

Adding an air of finery and sophistication to the vehicles made within the year, 2019 Bentleys will have extra attention paid to them. However, die-hard fans are most looking forward to the Centenary Gold headrest logos and stitching; a change that will turn your average Bentley into a limited edition. highly sought-after motor. Providing the vehicles with what many are calling a ‘collector status’, the cars will also boast specially-designed treadplates a feature the ‘1919-2019’ display. 

A splash of gold

However, these splashes of gold are not your conventional gold colour. Bentley has been very selective about the colour used, bringing the gold used on vintage marques like the 1919 EXP 2 and 1929 ‘Birkin’ Blower back to life. Said to be ‘a refined metallic gold’, the shade apparently catches the light in the same way as expensive jewellery does.  

It goes without saying that these Bentleys will probably cost a tad more than your conventional marques. However, when it comes to this prestigious millstone, it appears no expense is being spared. Bentley are even releasing a book that will feature images of the greatest cars from the last century.  

Let us know what you think, is Bentley going slightly overboard with the birthday celebrations? Or, does such a huge birthday warrant a big celebration?

Queen Elizabeth’s Rolls Royce on sale for £2m

Just last week, we heard the news that Prince Harry put his Audi up for sale, asking a respectable £72,000 for the modified RS6 Avant. But, it appears that Harry’s is not the only royal wheels up for sale. The Queen’s Rolls Royce is set feature in a line up of prestigious cars up for auction, including marques owned by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.

Scheduled to be sold by Bonhams auction house, the cars on offer are expected to fetch a whopping £5m.

1953 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette

One of the highlights of this auction is the 1953 Rolls Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette; a car that has previously been used by our Queen. Used on state visits and prior engagements, the car has been with the royal family for four decades. Boasting a top estimate of £2m, this popular model has been a favourite of many royals, including Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her wedding day in May.

“There were only 18 of the Phantom IVs built, and they were bought by heads of state or dignitaries,” said Bonhams’ co-chairman, Malcolm Barber.

“None are exactly the same, and they’re all built to special order. Even if you are a Rolls-Royce collector, you wouldn’t have anything similar, because each has its own identity.”

While undoubtedly the main attraction of the auction, there are also many other extraordinary cars up for grabs. These include:

  • 1960 Phantom V State Limousine
  • A 1985 “Centenary” Silver Spur Saloon
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph Park Ward
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Seraph Saloon
  • 1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible IV
  • 2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
  • 979 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI LimousineLet us know what you think, does the collection warrant a price tag of £5m?