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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.  

Theresa May’s limousine branded unsafe

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you will know that many world leaders have invested in exceptional vehicles of late; limousines that ooze with panache. From Trump’s ‘Beast’ with its own blood transfusion capabilities to Kim Jong Un’s limousine with an in-cabin toilet, politicians are renowned for going that extra mile when it comes to personal cars. However, when talking about presidential/prime minister limos, we in Britain have very much lagged behind, outshone by America, Russia and Korea.

Just this week, we learnt that our head of state, Theresa May, is rolling around in a not-so-great limousine. Using a Jaguar XJ 351 Sedan, May inherited the car from her predecessor, David Cameron. However, along with the car came a whole heap of issues, ones that May has failed to rectify.

According to sources, the 8-year-old vehicle was flagged to have an airbag default; an issue that was raised over a year ago. After checking the government website, it appears that a safety recall was issued. However, as it stands, nothing has been done to fix the limousine. The Driver and Vehicles Standard Agency requested the 5-liter vehicle to be taken to a Jaguar specialist to have a software update. Warning that the airbags could be on a default setting, worries are that the bags will only deploy at heavier impacts. This in turn could cause ‘increased injuries to occupants’.

Jaguar car dealer, Dave Hatton, passed comment on this, saying the car should be ‘meticulously maintained’.

‘You’d expect to comply with a recall within days’ he continued.

While Downing Street has refused to comment on these findings, the car world has shared various comments and opinions online, believing this mechanical oversight to not bode well for the car itself or the MP’s attitude towards road safety. Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

Review: Third Generation Bentley Continental GT

Bentley’s muchanticipated launch of their third generation Continental GT has moved a step closerwith the luxury carmakers now taking pre-orders ahead of its 2019 release. 

With over 70,000 units sold since its original launch back in 2003, few would argue that the Bentley Continental GT has been a roaring success. If recent reviews are to be believed, the 2019 edition will be equally as popular. 

 Given the popularity and sheer beauty of earlier editions it will come as no surprise that Bentley have made very few changes to the latest Grand Tourer. The new edition will however have a slightly sportier look to it. It is wider and longer than its predecessor but weighs almost exactly the same. One divisive point on the third generation GT are the re-designed taillights. The new lights are a lot narrower than on previous models giving the new Continental GT a slight Aston Martin-like feel to the rear. 

 Once you move inside the car there is no mistaking it’s a BentleyThe exquisite combination of wood, metal and leather make for an interior that few, if any car makers can so much as dream of matching. 

 Under the bonnet  

 Bentley has retained the 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine, but expect to see a V8 and hybrid-engine model before too long. With an eye-watering top speed of 207mph, the new Bentley can reach 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds. 

 The start price for the third generation Bentley Continental GT is £159,100 but, those lucky enough to be able to afford Bentley’s latest release, will have to wait until 2019 for the pleasure of getting behind the wheel. 

 

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?