A Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine which was once owned and driven by the Queen has sold at auction for £40,500. The limo, which features a specially designed handbag holder, was in royal possession from 2001 and 2004. It was sold along with its original documents and photos of the Queen driving it by Historics auction house at Brooklands in Surrey. The buyer of the car, Ian Lillicrap, said he was blown away by the fantastic condition the car was in and that he had acquired a “little bit of history”.

Auctioneer Fabian Hine said: “The new owner lives in Truro in Cornwall, so the car will stay in Britain.

“He is a collector of this type of vehicle. He also recently bought an Audi convertible which was used many years ago by Princess Diana.

“I think the new owner has still got quite a cheap motorcar.

“I think it will increase in value as the years go by, particularly if he doesn’t do any more mileage.”

The car also features two neon blue lights near the rear-view mirror so that it was possible to identify the vehicle in which the Queen was travelling when approaching her destination. The four-litre engine vehicle also still has its original registration number.

The car boot contains fittings for a device allowing contact from the vehicle to the Home Office and Downing Street but the working parts have been removed.

The limousine was given a pre-delivery test of 2,500 miles before being handed over to the Queen. It went on to amass a further 11,000 miles until it was returned to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust in 2004.