Queen Elizabeth II, a life marked by reign and automotive passion

Following the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, we invite you to discover (or rediscover) the legendary models that belonged to the Queen.

This September 8, 2022 marks the death of Queen Elizabeth II. A historic event that we wanted to share with you, around our shared passion. AutoPlus.fr takes a look back at the legendary models that accompanied the reign of Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is a great car enthusiast and has never hidden her passion for fine English mechanics. From Rolls Royce to McLarenhere are the models that followed Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and life.

Elizabeth II and Bentley S1 from 1956

This is one of the first cars used by the Queen at the beginning of her reign. At the time, the royal family mainly uses Rolls-Royce and Bentley brand models. For a long time the Bentley Mark VI and R Type models were used. In 1956 comes the S1 model, which will be used for the first official releases of Elizabeth II. This the car is equipped with all the latest thoughts of Bentley. She is equipped with a 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A model that will very quickly be replaced by a number of legendary cars.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom arrives at the Queen’s Garage

During the 1950s, Rolls-Royce presented an exclusive model, The Phantom IV. Produced in just 18 copies, this isone of the rarest cars in the world. It is equipped with a motor 5.7 liter L8 of 170ch, and can accommodate 7 people. The British royal family acquires two models. It was the start of a long tradition between British royalty and Rolls-Royce Phantom models. Take effect, The Queen of England will keep the Rolls Phantom IV as her official car until 2002, the date of the appearance of a new exclusive model. This model is also one of the first used by Elizabeth II at the beginning of her reign. Phantom IV Limousine will be used at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Another lesser known model, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V Landaulet used by the Queen Mother and Elizabeth II. This model appears mainly during official parades from 1962. The model used by the Queen is registered “NLT1”. She still is used by Prince Charles during certain ceremonies.

Arrived a few years later in the garage of the Queen, the famous Rolls Royce Phantom VI. The models owned by Elizabeth II are unique and are custom-made for Her Majesty. The first model, called Tea Silver anniversary car arrived in 1977 to celebrate 25 years of reign of the Queen. For the first time, Rolls-Royce is retiring its famous statuette Spirit of Ecstasy to replace it with the emblem of the dragon, which is the mascot of Saint-Georges. The Phantom VI is equipped with a 6.2 liter V8 engine with an output of 170 hp. It will also be used for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The famous Bentley State Limousine

In 2002, one of the most famous cars in the world arrives. Bentley State Limousine. This model is available in two copies. It will replace the old official cars of the Queen of England. Proposed by Bentley to the royal family, the State Limousine has some incredible technical features. It measures 6.2 meters long and 2 meters wide. Its weight is 3.3 tons and it has a 100 liter tank. This extraordinary car is driven by a V8 Turbo engine with 406 hp and 835 Nm of torque. The State Limousine is based on the base of the Bentley Arnage R.

The Bentley State Limousine is equipped with a specific gearbox that makes it possible to drive at a “parade” pace, i.e. at a speed of 14.5 km/h. The interior was designed according to the Queen’s wishes. Thus, the interior is in fabric and not leather. Elizabeth II also refused the presence of a minibar and reclining seats, because the Queen does not want, in her words, “Take a Nap” in this vehicle dedicated to the representation of the royal family.

The Bentley State Limousine now accompanies the Queen of England on all her official journeys, in the UK and abroad.

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The Queen’s other personal cars

In addition to the many official models, Queen Elizabeth II also owns many personal cars. First of all, Elizabeth II together with Prince Philipp acquired one 1955 Aston Martin Lagonda 3 liter drophead. This is a rare model, produced in 270 copies.

Queen Elizabeth II also acquires one Rover P5B. The nickname “Aunt Rover” for its old-school look, the P5B is equipped with a 160 hp Buick V8 engine. This car will be used regularly by the Queen for her private travel during his weekends at Balmoral Castle.

Another surprising model owned by Her Majesty, a Vauxhall Cresta Estate. The Queen bought this model in the early 1980s, in order to could move quietly in a classic vehicle. This car is equipped with a 142 hp 6-cylinder engine. On this occasion, Vauxhall obtained a Royal Operating Warrant from the Royal Family. Elizabeth II will later be seen driving the Opel Insignia and Omega.

The 90s will be characterized by the many Jaguar models bought by the Queen as XJ6, X-Type Estate and Daimler Super V8 LWB. The Queen of England also owned several Land Rover Defenders and Range Rovers for her hunting trips.

Elizabeth II also acquired one Bentley Bentayga in 2015a vehicle that she also drives many times.

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