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Luxury motor built for the Queen sells for £47,700

A luxury car that was originally built for the Queen has been sold for £47,700.

The 2001 Daimler Majestic 4.0 LWB, which was used by the Queen from 2001 to 2007, failed to reach its predicted estimate of £45,000 to £55,000 at auction at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

At the auction, bidding stopped at £38,000 and eventually the car was flogged for £47,700 in a post-auction deal at the H&H Classics sale.

The car was designed and built to the very bespoke specifications for the Queen. She and the Duke of Edinburgh were regularly photographed in the vehicle, either commuting from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, or to formal engagements. They also attended polo matches and social engagements in the car.

It was the motor which delivered luxury whilst still being understated.

The car features a handbag-holding tray, which is built in to the armrest between the two front seats.

Additionally, the standard CD changer in the boot was replaced by equipment for keeping the Queen in touch with her Home Office and Government.

The car had a V8 engine which was capable of 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. There was also a hidden blue flashing light in the case of it needing to be turned into an unmarked police car.

So far, it has driven approximately 15,400 miles, with 1,400 of these done since it was retired from the royal household.

Every British monarch had the right to be chauffeured around or drive this vehicle.

A letter on file from Jaguar Heritage says: “She drove the car herself and it was also used as a royal relief vehicle.”

Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics, said: “Royal cars do come to the market from time to time but fairly infrequently, so when they do come to auction they usually command a premium price.”