A rare chance to drive like British royalty

Last updated 10:30 31/07/2013

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"One careful lady owner" will take on a whole new meaning when this Daimler limousine heads to auction.

That "one careful lady owner" is none other than Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the 2001 Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine, with just 24,529 kilometres on the clock, will be auctioned in Britain on August 31.

And, as befitting a ruling monarch, the car is still equipped with a number of bespoke features, including a factory-adapted centre armrest that features a sliding holder specifically designed for Her Majesty's handbag, allegedly a consequence of having nowhere to put it when driving in the company of the Lady-in-Waiting or security personnel.

The car, which was tested over 4000km by its manufacturer prior to delivery, has graced the driveways of the most majestic homes in Great Britain.

The Queen drove the car within the Windsor Castle estate and to and from Buckingham Palace, for both private and official functions, covering around 17,700 kilometres during the three years in her possession before the car was handed back to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, with whom the vehicle is still registered today.

Other features of the car include the vehicle's ashtray which has been crafted to house the security lighting controls, which remain fully functioning. This includes a set of blue flashing strobes occupying the front fog lamp inserts, alternate flashing headlamps and alternate flashing rear lights.

A further feature is a pair of neon blue lights by the rear view mirror, which were used to identify the vehicle in which the Queen was travelling when approaching her destination.

In the boot, the fittings can still be found for direct contact to the British Government Home Office and Downing Street, although the working components have now been removed.

Aside from these bespoke changes, this regal Daimler, powered by a 4-litre supercharged V8 developing 375bhp, is luxuriously equipped, and features an opulent soft hide interior with deep lambswool floor rugs. The exterior and interior condition are described as stunning and the vehicle still runs on its original tyres.

The car has a full service history and is sold with all original documentation, two sets of keys, the original registration number, along with photographs of Her Majesty driving and being driven in it.

The car has an auction estimate of NZ$47,000-NZ$57,000.

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