Lot 172 - 2004 Range Rover believed to be Ex-HM Queen Elizabeth II

Lot 172 - 2004 Range Rover believed to be Ex-HM Queen Elizabeth II

Lot 172 - 2004 Range Rover believed to be Ex-HM Queen Elizabeth II

Lot Number 172
Registration BN04 EPU
Chassis Number SALLMAMA34A159508
Engine Number 539031830
Result Sold - £33,002
  • Believed to be owned and used by HM Queen Elizabeth II
  • Special order example from Jaguar Land Rover
  • Serviced local to the Balmoral Estate

There can be few cars that are as well-known and iconic as the mighty Range Rover. Launched in 1970 and built in the UK, this leader in the 4x4 field is now on its fifth incarnation. Enjoyed by Royalty and celebrities alike, the Range Rover is both aspirational and practical. The car has been described as ‘the best 4x4 by far’ and has been the winner of numerous awards.

This example has possibly one of the most interesting and regal starts to its life, circumstantial information leads the vendor to believe that this was originally delivered to the Royal Estate for use by the HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in London and Balmoral. First registered in 2004 and supplied by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations as per contract 34319. It has been confirmed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles that this example was specified with a modified front grille with covert blue lights, switch pack (to power said lights), front and rear seat covers, dog guard, load space mat, side steps and mudflaps, this all an addition to the standard car options which are found with the Heritage Certificate and include heated front and rear seats, non UWB door lock frequency and tinted glass all round to mention a few. Ordered of course in Epson Green with Sand (Oxford Leather), the 4.4 litre V8 boasts air suspension, and the car is currently with its fourth owner with none of the previous aware of what could have been such illustrious beginnings.

The car was supplied by SV to an unknown dealer code, EXEL AMS, for whom the British Motor Heritage Trust themselves cannot track details for apart from a detail recall print off from JLR which identifies that in July 2004 the car was sent to Stratstone Land Rover, Mayfair for a warranty recall before a similar warranty recall at Peter Vardy Land Rover, Aberdeen, the closest Land Rover dealership to the Balmoral Estate. With the Royal Family traditionally frequenting Balmoral between July and September, the assumption being that the car was seen in Mayfair before being transported to Balmoral where it was again seen after the family left to return to London… the plot thickens!

Upon requesting details from the DVLA, the vendor has been refused any previous keeper’s details, a copy of the letter can be found in the history file alongside photographs of what is believed could be the car with the Queen driving, showing the colour. The image shows the dog guard, and the seat covers but sadly as yet no image has been uncovered showing Queen Elizabeth and the cars registration number.
Further possible telling indicators of the cars beginnings include duel rear window switches, these are not JLR standard parts but could be ordered and fitted by dealerships, this has been seen before with the Queens Daimler Majestic and enable the rear passenger (possibly the Queen) to control the other rear window thus stopping the wind blowing directly into her face or displacing one of those fabulous hats! Furthermore, keen eyes will spot on the door pillars there are rear climb handles to assist entry and departure from the car, this is something believed to be unique to the Queens Range Rovers due to her insistence of no assistance from staff when entering and exiting the car thus the handles along with the side steps enabled comfortable entry for a lady who would have been in her late 70’s at the time.

The final piece of circumstantial evidence leading the vendor to firmly believe this was indeed her majesty’s car are the two reasons he embarked on this voyage of discovery, he noticed one day when cleaning his car there were two areas where the car had filler and in odd places, one on the bonnet, two marks clearly visible from the underside and one to the rear on the roof. The rear is believed to be for the radio comms arial also seen in a photo of a L322 Range Rover driven by the Queen and the front believed to be where the Labrador mascot was mounted as also seen in photos.

The car now is in very good order, the vendor has chosen to keep the car as original as possible in the hope that the provenance can be cemented. Having covered a little over 109,000 miles from new, the service history is comprehensive with its first service in April of 2005 with Stratstone Mayfair before a further five with Hunters Land Rover, two with specialists in Windsor before a further five services with John Dennis in Aylesbury before a recent Land Rover service this July ready for the Auction. Confined to the garage and minimum use, the car is possibly one of Jaguar Land Rover more important cars of the last 20 years and could be an incredible piece of Royal provenance. The vendor is hoping that should someone have a photo of this car and her majesty driving or as passenger they will send to Historics auctions@historics.co.uk but regardless the circumstantial evidence is compelling and all signs certainly point toward this indeed being property of the late beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

Guide Price £28,000 - £38,000

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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