As you will know from our recent posts, we are thoroughly enjoying paying witness to the emergence of great cars. From Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding car to Elvis’ limousines, we are seeing all sorts of high-profile vehicles make their way to the auction house.
This week, we learn that a rare Rolls Royce built for King Edward VII is up for grabs, expected to fetch an attractive £20m at auction.
Customised down to the very last detail, the Phantom 1 saloon was built back in 1927, used primarily by Edward when he was just a Prince. It was also made use of following his father’s death when he became King in 1936.
Famously giving up the throne to wed an America socialite and divorcee, Edward continued using the car for a decade. But, in 1937, his former house waiter purchased the car from him.
Fast forward a good few years and the car was found amongst a pile of machinery, being put in the capable hands of Rolls Royce specialist, Edward Overton. Over the next 30 years, Overton would take on the restoration task, bringing the stunning vehicle back to its former glory.
Now, the car boasts plush interior, original parts and is lined with pure gold, being a true masterpiece that arguably warrants its £20m price tag.
Richard Stafford, a specialist with Bonhams, said:
“This is a beautifully-restored example of an early Rolls Royce which is truly fit for a king.”
If the vehicle does get £20m it will go down in history as the most expensive British car of all time. What do you think? Is it worth that figure? Share your thoughts and comments with us.