No-reserve auction to feature Princess Di's first official U.S. Ride - 1979 embassy-owned, armored Rolls valused at $2 million by Berman Museum
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No-reserve auction to feature Princess Di’s first official U.S. Ride – 1979 embassy-owned, armored Rolls valued at $2 million by Berman Museum
Get in on the excitement as the Volo Auto Museum hosts an online, no-reserve auction on Aug. 31 featuring the heavily armored Rolls Royce that carried Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles during the princess’ first-ever visit to the U.S. in November 1985.
This Rolls Royce is thoroughly documented to be the United Kingdom’s official embassy car, specifically retrofitted for use of the Royal Family and other UK dignitaries of the highest order.
The car is all-original except for a gorgeous, new paint job. Gleaming silver with a red leather interior, it features a 600-pound, inches-thick windshield and nearly equally hefty rear window. Side windows, also bullet-proof, are sealed against possible toxic gas exposure, and the exterior trim is fitted with intercoms.
Documents show in excess of $200,000 was spent armoring the Silver Wraith II, and the process took three years.
But the most exceptional document is the diplomatic logbook, in which entries show it was used during the princess’ introduction to the United States. In fact, videotape footage has been discovered showing the statuesque princess and Prince Charles in the car approaching the White House, where they met then-President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.
“One of Jay’s customers called and told Jay about the car,” Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams said, speaking of his brother, Jay. “An associate of the Berman Museum, which valued the car at $2 million, had purchased it from Berman.
“We just thought it was an armor-plated Rolls Royce that had been embassy-owned,” he continued. “But after digging through the documents and doing some research, we figured out what the car really was.”
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, the museum will offer this exquisite car and fantastic embodiment of history to the highest bidder. In honor of Princess Diana, a portion of the sale of the car will be donated to Children with Leukaemia, a British charity the princess inaugurated.
Other cars featured in this Aug. 31 eBay auction will include Jon Bon Jovi’s personal BMW, a Mercedes convertible owned by Britney Spears, the last car ever owned by Groucho Marx, and others. Full details are available by calling (815) 385-3644. Or visit volocars.com.