The Queen’s 90th birth­day fleet takes shape

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Clas­sic car own­ers are help­ing to as­sem­ble a her­itage fleet of 90 ve­hi­cles used by Her Majesty The Queen through­out her life­time.

Auc­tion house H&H Clas­sics is help­ing to put to­gether the dis­play as part of the Queen’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions. It will be or­gan­is­ing a Con­cours d’Elegance at Buck­ing­ham Palace on June 26.

The Cheshire based firm put out a call to its own cus­tomers in or­der to find five ve­hi­cles miss­ing from the line up of 90 to have an ex­am­ple of each of the Queen’s royal ve­hi­cles from the last nine decades.

H&H said it wanted to find an MG SA, MG VA or MG WA for 1939, ei­ther a Tri­umph Renown or Stan­dard Van­guard Phase I to cover 1951, a Rover 3.5-litre P5B sa­loon or coupe for 1968, a Rolls-Royce Ca­mar­gue for 1980 and a Cater­ham Su­per Seven for 1997.

The deadline for en­tries tak­ing part in the fleet was April 29. Each of the ve­hi­cles sub­mit­ted to make up the dis­play are re­quired to be road le­gal, run­ning and in good con­di­tion.

H&H says it will con­tact own­ers for more in­for­ma­tion once it has com­piled its fi­nal list.

Own­ers of the cho­sen cars will each re­ceive an of­fi­cial All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Mo­tor Group in­vi­ta­tion for one driver and one pas­sen­ger.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent will in­spect the 90 cars se­lected on the day. One of the cars con­firmed for the oc­ca­sion is a 1954 Lagonda 3.0-litre Drop­head Coupé that had been com­mis­sioned and owned by HRH Prince Philip. H&H sold the car at its re­cent Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum sale at Dux­ford for a world record price of £350,000. www.clas­sic-auc­

The 1954 Lagonda 3.0-litre Drop­head Coupé once owned by HRH Prince Philip will be in the Con­cours d’Ela­gance.

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