A royal limo once owned by King George VI is due to go under the hammer this month. The Lancaster Limousine has been predicted by experts to fetch in the region of £35,000 although the vehicle does require restoration work to both the body and upholstery.
King George VI, the father of the Queen, purchased the vehicle in 1939 from Birmingham based firm, Hoopers Coach Builders, whom he had dealt with since the 1920’s. The King would often take his family out for trips in the luxury sports car. The design of the limo was unusual for the time as it featured cloth upholstery as opposed to leather which was customary during this period.
Following the King’s death in 1952 the car continued to serve the royal family including the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The Queen Mother used the limo regularly up until the mid 1950’s when it was eventually sold.
What became of the Lancaster Limousine following its release from royal service is largely a mystery. It was recovered from the U.S recently and has now arrived back in the U.K to be sold under auction.
Many limo hire and wedding car hire companies have expressed an interest in the vehicle, having the King’s car within your fleet would be quite a coup for a car hire company. If you’d like to get your hands on a piece of royal history, don’t miss out. The Bonhams Beaulieu Sale is being held at the National Motor Museum on September 12th.