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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?

Cardiff Council’s neglected Rolls Royce loaned to National Motor Museum

A rare Rolls Royce owned by Cardiff City Council could be loaned to the National Motor Museum in Hampshire after it emerged the car has remained locked in an underground car park for almost two decades. Having resided under Cardiff’s City Hall for many years, many have branded the car’s neglect as ‘a waste’. Worth over £70,000, we at Limo Broker can’t help but agree. 

Described as Cardiff City Council’s “crown jewel”, campaigners had previously set up a Facebook group called ‘Cardiff’s Rolls Royce KG1’, calling for the iconic 1963 Rolls Royce Phantom to be put into a museum. A statement on the group’s Facebook page reads: 

“It is a unique vehicle with an incredible history. Tragically the car has spent the last decade sitting under tarpaulin in the underground car park of county hall.” 

With the vehicle only driven once a year to get to and from its MOT, campaigners were arguably right in branding its concealed nature ‘tragic’.  

However, it is a possibility that England will not be the car’s forever home. 

A Cardiff council spokesman said: 

“The council intends to approach the National Motor Museum in Hampshire so that the vehicle can be displayed temporarily until a suitable location can be found to show it in Cardiff, perhaps as part of the future expansion of the Cardiff Story Museum. 

“The car is unique, as it has a silver dragon as an ornament on the bonnet of the car, instead of ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ ornament which is on other Rolls Royce cars. 

“Special permission had to be granted from the company to make this modification.” 

Let us know what you think; is the Museum the best place for a classic of this nature? We would love to hear your thoughts.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose Electric Jaguar as their wedding car

Unless you have been under a rock for the last 6 months, you will know that a rather lavish wedding took place on the weekend. Seeing Prince Harry tie the knot with American actress, Meghan Markle, the celebration did not disappoint when it came to extravagance. From guests such as Oprah Winfrey and the Beckhams to the £30m budget, the world stopped and stared as the young couple joined in matrimony.

While many were fixated on Meghan’s dress, shoes and tiara, we at Limo Broker waited patiently to see what the royals had in store for us when it came to transportation. Again, the couple did not fail us, exiting the star-studded event in an Jaguar E Type Concept Zero. Defying royal wedding car convention, many expected Harry to keep up with tradition and enjoy a ride in a petrol-guzzling Rolls Royce; but, did they make the right decision?

Well, many have commended the newlyweds for their car choice. With the car being electric, the couple communicate the message that they are environmentally—friendly, flying the flag for electric cars during one of the most-watched programmes of all time. However, unlike many eco-cars, this vehicle does not compromise when it comes to style.

A remake of ‘the most beautiful car in the world’

As a car that Enzo Ferrari describes as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’, this particular E-Type is a remake of the 1968 classic, staying true to its iconic look during the modernisation process.

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said the following at the launch of the eco version in 2017.

“E-type Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.

“Our aim with E-type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership. We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.”

With the ability to get from 0-62 mph in and admirable 5.5 seconds, the car not only looks like the original but it performs like it also.

So, what do you think; does the royal wedding car deserve its price tag of £350,000? Leave your thoughts with us.

Rolls Royce to be all-electric by 2040

Renowned for their large engines and iconic roar, the Rolls Royce brand has over the years become synonymous with power, having released some petrol-guzzling creations in their time. However, it appears we are seeing a shift in focus for the British manufacturers, this week announcing their plans to be ‘all-electric’ by 2040. So, are we saying goodbye to the Rolls Royce style we have begun to love? Well, by ditching the internal combustion engine commonly used in luxury cars, we are certainly in for a few changes.

Following suit

Though a big move, many are saying that Rolls Royce are simply following in the footsteps of other brands such as BMW and Volvo, entering the modern world of vehicle manufacturing. Giving kudos to Britain and France for their efforts to travel in a more environmentally friendly manner, Torsten Müller-Ӧtvӧs, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce, says that the Middle East will be the next to employ such a vision.

“When you see what happens in Saudi, when you see what happens in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, they are all looking into alternative energy. Electrification will also happen in these countries, sooner or later” he said.

However, with the UK government banning the production of non-electric cars in 2040, is Rolls Royce’s decision based on legalities as opposed to environmental concerns?

Though 2040 is the cutoff point, Rolls Royce will slowly begin to phase out 12-cylinder petrol engines in its cars, expected to introduce the first model in the next ten years.

“We will definitely offer 12-cylinder engines as long as we can, as long as it is legally allowed to offer them” Müller-Ӧtvӧs continued.

Let us know what you think about this, will the Rolls Royce brand as we know and love it be no more?