Queen Elizabeth II, a lifetime of reign and automotive passion

After the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, 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, which we wanted to share with you, around our common passion. AutoPlus.fr looks back at the legendary models that followed the reign of Elizabeth II. A great car enthusiast, His Majesty never hid his passion for good English mechanics. From Rolls Royce to McLarenhere are the models that followed the reign and life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth II and the Bentley S1 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 branded models. For a long time, Bentley Mark VI and R Type models were used. In 1956, the S1 model arrives, which will be used for the first official launches of Elizabeth II. This one car is equipped with the latest Bentley’s thoughts. She is equipped with a 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. A model that will quickly be replaced by a series of legendary cars.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom arrives in the Queen’s garage

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

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

It arrived a few years later in the Queen’s garage, the famous Rolls Royce Phantom VI. Elizabeth II models are unique and personalized for Her Majesty. The first model, called Tea Silver Jubilee Car arrived in 1977 to celebrate the 25 years of the Queen’s reign. For the first time, Rolls-Royce withdraws its famous figurine ecstasy spirit 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 a power of 170hp. 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. The Bentley State Limousine. This model exists in two copies. Comes to replace the old official cars of the Queen of England. Proposed by Bentley for the royal family, the State Limousine has some incredible technical features. he 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 powered by a V8 Turbo engine with 406 hp and 835 Nm of torque. The State Limousine is built on the base of the Bentley Arnage R.

The Bentley State Limousine is equipped with a specific gearbox that allows you to drive at a “parade” pace, that is, at a speed of 14.5 km/h. The interior was designed according to the queen’s wishes. Thus, the internal finish is fabric and not leather. Elizabeth II also refused the presence of a minibar and reclining chairs, because the Queen does not want, in her words, to “Take a nap” in that 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 Great Britain 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 acquired with Prince Philipp a 1955 Aston Martin Lagonda 3 liter Drophead. This is a rare model, produced in 270 copies.

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

Another surprising model of Her Majesty’s property, a Vauxhall Cresta Estate. The Queen bought this model in the early 80’s to be able to move silently 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 Opel Insignia and Omega.

The 90s will be marked by the many Jaguar models acquired by the Queen such as the 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 a Bentley Bentayga in 2015a vehicle she also drives often.

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