One-off Jaguar saloon built for the Queen is put up for sale by a private collector
23 March 2010

The Queen’s unique Jaguar Daimler, which she used between 2001 and 2004, has been put up for sale by a private collector.

The long wheelbase, V8-powered saloon was delivered to the Queen in June 2001 with 2000 testing miles on the odometer. It covered just 12,000 miles travelling back and forth between Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Windsor estate.

See pics of the Queen's Jaguar Daimler

Jaguar modified the car to meet the Queen’s specific requests: a redesigned armrest to fit her handbag, a direct line to Downing Street and the Home Office (sold disconnected), lambskin rugs and soft leather seats with special stitching all featured.

All of the car’s original paperwork is also included, as are photographs of the Queen being driven in it.

Peter Ratcliffe, the collector who bought the car from Jaguar, told The Independent: "It's a truly unique vehicle. There is nothing else out there, or ever going to be out there, that you can buy and say this was the personal car of the Queen of England, specially built for her.

"She was very clear about her requirements. She had an extra switch installed on each of the rear doors to control the windows on the opposite side. Apparently she doesn't like to have the wind blowing directly into her face.

"When she was accompanied by a royal protection officer in the passenger seat she was worried that she would have nowhere to put her handbag. Jaguar took the normal armrest and added a sliding tray so she could place her handbag on top and push back the tray to hold it in place while the car was moving.

"It is a beautiful car and she was fond of using it to get around Windsor or into London. She likes driving. I even saw her in the car herself once driving along the M25 with her escort."

The car has been in storage at Jaguar since the Queen owned it; Ratcliffe hasn’t revealed an asking price.

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23 March 2010

The car has been in storage ever since the Queen stopped using it? What kind of nutcase buys a roadworthy classic like this and doesn't use it? =S

Seriously, though, if it's worth as little as an ordinary 4.0 XJ8 is these days, I'd be tempted. However, it will be worth much more than I can afford...

23 March 2010

[quote Autocar]The Queen’s unique Jaguar Daimler, which she used between 2001 and 2004, has been put up for sale by a private collector[/quote]

The car can't be a 'Jaguar Daimler', It can be a 'Jaguar', or it can be a 'Daimler', but not both. This has presumably been lifted straight from The Independent, as surely nobody at Autocar would have written such nonsense. Would they?

23 March 2010

Ctrl C, Ctrl V

This car will probably be bought for a fortune by an american or the Japanese guy that bought the last car they sold of hers.

23 March 2010

Just wondering why the car was only used for three years? Only 20,000 miles on the clock and it's finished with? Hardly a good use of our money...

23 March 2010

[quote braisim]

Just wondering why the car was only used for three years? Only 20,000 miles on the clock and it's finished with? Hardly a good use of our money...

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and you can think of a more cost effective head of state? Probably a gift in the first place.

23 March 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]The car has been in storage ever since the Queen stopped using it? What kind of nutcase buys a roadworthy classic like this and doesn't use it? =S[/quote]

perhaps 'Nutcase' is a bit strong - given how most of the time our roads are covered in salt or pot holes it is all too easy to find a cherished car gathering dust in a garage for months on end. Personally I am a big fan of low mileage original cars with unique heritage that haven't been driven into the ground and then over-restored. The classic car movement is generally split one way or the other on this though.

23 March 2010

[quote M_Nolan]

[quote braisim]

Just wondering why the car was only used for three years? Only 20,000 miles on the clock and it's finished with? Hardly a good use of our money...

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and you can think of a more cost effective head of state? Probably a gift in the first place.

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Exactly, do you honestly think that the Queen pays for cars?

23 March 2010

[quote M_Nolan]

and you can think of a more cost effective head of state? Probably a gift in the first place.

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I don't have an issue with the monarchy and I'm not a republican. I just think it would be interesting to know: if the car was supplied to the Queen from public sources then why was it only used for such a short time. If it was a personal gift to the Queen then I guess when it was sold the proceeds went back to the state. If, of course, she purchased it herself then it would be entirely up to her what she did with it. Just curious, that's all.

23 March 2010

[quote braisim]if the car was supplied to the Queen from public sources then why was it only used for such a short time. If it was a personal gift to the Queen then I guess when it was sold the proceeds went back to the state. If, of course, she purchased it herself then it would be entirely up to her what she did with it. Just curious, that's all.[/quote]

It is clearly written that this was her PERSONAL car. Not her state or official car. But even if it were not, cars are given to the queen so that she can be seen in them. It's huge publicity for the company.

23 March 2010

Would this car be bullet proof?

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