Queen’s royal ride sale

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

A ONE-OFF right-royal off-road ma­chine once owned by the Queen is be­ing kicked out of its sov­er­eign garage and into the hands of com­mon­ers. UK auc­tion­eers His­torics at Brook­lands has been tasked with find­ing a buyer for the 1978 Land Rover Se­ries III that has been ex­ten­sively mod­i­fied to suit the monarch.

It was com­mis­sioned for the Queen and mod­i­fied in April 1979, by REME Cen­tral Work­shops in Don­ning­ton, to in­clude a traf­fic light sys­tem al­low­ing the Queen to sig­nal the driver to stop, slow or start.

Other features of the ve­hi­cle in­clude dou­ble rear doors and a rear re­tractable step which re­main in full work­ing or­der.

Th­ese features set this Land Rover aside from the other 440,000 Se­ries III models that were built be­tween 1971 and 1985.

It has been driven only 1892 miles (about 3000km) since new.

His­torics es­ti­mate the Landie will go for the equiv­a­lent of $23,000-$28,000.

But you have to go to the UK to get it.

The auc­tion­eer says ‘‘it’s highly un­likely one like this will ever come to auc­tion again’’. It will be auc­tioned to­day. Fur­ther de­tails can be found at www.his­torics.co.uk

This 1978 Land Rover be­long­ing to the Queen, with mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clud­ing a traf­fic light sys­tem to sig­nal the driver, is up for auc­tion

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