A significant private collection of a dozen motorcars, formerly owned by British and world royalty, politicians and celebrities will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show Sale on the 12th and 13th of November at the NEC in Birmingham.
Headlining the collection is a 2012 Bentley Mulsanne, estimated at between £215,000 and £235,000, produced especially by Bentley for HM The Queen for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain. Subtle security features were installed befitting a Head of State’s car, including front and rear blue flashing lights, Kevlar reinforced tyres and armour protection and glass where appropriate.
A quartet of Rolls-Royces feature in the collection including a 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II, formerly owned by HRH Princess Margaret, estimated at between £90,000 and £110,000, and a 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom first owned by Sir Elton, estimated at between £135,000 and £155,000.
When announced in 2003, the seventh generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was hailed as a breakthrough in terms of engineering and unparalleled luxury. It’s considered to be a near perfect blend of German engineering and British craftsmanship. Traditional design elements, such as a long bonnet and wheelbase, short front and long rear overhang, strong C-pillar and discreet rear window, run throughout the Phantom, and when combined with modern engineering integrity create a car with serious presence.
As expected from a Rolls-Royce, the interior of the Phantom features the finest materials found in any car, anywhere. Two types of leather finishes are used, a natural grain hide for seating and a textured ’tipped’ leather for door panniers and centre consoles. Deep-pile carpets are covered with sumptuous lambswool rugs, while metal surfaces have either a high-polish Sterling finish, such as the air vents, ’organ stops’ and lighting consoles, or a satin finish, which is used on the door handle surrounds and steering column stalks. The headlining is a wool and cashmere blend, providing a light and airy contrast to the leather surface of the central roof console.
Powering this megalith of luxury is a 6.75 litre V12 built by BMW producing 453bhp and offering seamless acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in some 5.3 seconds.
Elton took delivery of the car on the 29th April 2005 and it was registered with its only known number, RX05 BVR, to one of the performer’s companies, William A. Bong Limited. In December 2005, the car was his carriage of choice on the occasion of his civil wedding to David Furnish at the Guildhall in Windsor. Extensive media coverage at the time shows the happy couple arriving in style in the rear of the Rolls.
Purchased by our vendor on the 26th June 2014 to add to his superb collection of cars with notable previous owners, the Phantom was subject to several thousand pounds worth of routine maintenance and cosmetic detailing at Rolls-Royce Birmingham and is supplied to auction with an MOT until July 2017 and an odometer reading of some 6,600 miles. The history file includes a letter from Sir Elton’s private office confirming the Phantom was owned and used by him.
Others going on the auction block include a 1987 Bristol Brigand, owned by pop star Will Young between 2009 and 2012, expected to sell for £60,000, and a 1976 Bentley T1 previously owned by the late Michael Winner, and valued at £50,000.