Friday, 2 November 2012

Auction - Rolls Royce used by Princess Diana and Price Charles on Sale

A bulletproof Rolls-Royce Sliver Shadow used by Princess Diana and Prince Charles during their first trip to the US in 1985 is expected to rake in £1.2 million pounds when it goes under the hammer this week.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was bought new in 1979 by the British embassy. But it didn't come into service until 1982 after engineers spent three years and £123,930 armouring the luxury car to repel bullets, grenades and even small bombs.

During the trip there were a number of anti-British IRA supporters protesting against the couple - with security as important as ever.

But they were well protected by the Rolls-Royce which was fitted with a 600lb windscreen and equally hefty rear window.

The side windows, which are also bulletproof, were sealed against possible toxic gas exposure, and the exterior trim was fitted with intercoms.

The car is going to be auctioned off on eBay by the Volo Auto Museum near Chicago on November 9 - exactly 27 years after Diana's visit, the Daily Mail reported. 


Post a Comment

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More