Queen’s royal ride sale
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