For sale: Nice little runabout fit for a queen

Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:10am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - At first sight it seems just another second-hand luxury car for sale but this Jaguar included some special extras in its day such as emergency convoy lights and a direct radio link to the British Prime Minister.

That's because the green Daimler V8 was formerly owned and driven by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II between 2001 and 2004.

Delivered to the royal family with 2,000 test miles, the queen added 12,000 more miles to the clock traveling to and from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

It was specifically built for the British monarch and designed to satisfy all her needs.

It has a special armrest to accommodate the queen's handbag and the original registration used by her is still in the vehicle, the Independent newspaper reported.

The car, which has a list price of 65,000 pounds ($99,310), was in secure storage at the Jaguar factory until Peter Radcliffe, a specialist memorabilia dealer, bought it.

He is now offering it for sale on the website www.hmthequeensdaimler.com.

"It is in truly immaculate as new condition and has all original paperwork, service book, spare keys and photographs of the queen driving the car," Radcliffe said on the website.

($1=.6545 Pound)

(Reporting by Valle Aviles Pinedo, Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Queen Elizabeth exits her former-Daimler V8 in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Handout</p>