Vintage Rolls-Royce Limo That Belonged to Princess Margaret and Burt Reynolds Sold at Auction
A vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Long-Wheelbase limousine that was initially owned by Princess Margaret and then bought by Burt Reynolds sold at auction recently and fetched £21,850 or around 35,000 US dollars. The Rolls limo was sold at auction on June 18 as part of Bonham’s Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia sale at Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire. This extraordinary sale often features vintage Rolls-Royce limousines and other legendary automobiles that draw serious collectors from around the world.
According to Bonham’s, the Rolls limo was ordered by Princess Margaret in October of 1974, and she received delivery in September 1975. Bonham’s said that Rolls was under strict orders to ensure the Princess’ new limousine featured seats that were “soft and comfortable.” The princess had other special requests for her limo, including the following:
• A raised rear floor for easier access
• Leather-trimmed door cappings instead of the traditional wood trim
• Flat side indicators fitted in line with chromed body moldings
• Nuella black hide interior
• Cardinal red paintwork with contrasting gold coachlines
• Other assorted requests
It appears that Princess Margaret was not overly enamored with her new limousine as it was sold to Donald Kerr in 1977. Kerr owned the Rolls for around five years before selling the limo to Mr. Reynolds who owned it and kept it at his Jupiter, Florida ranch. Reynolds sold the limo in 1988 to a buyer in the United Kingdom who then sold it to an English stockbroker who owned it until the recent auction. The limo reportedly comes with over 100 pages of documentation, including service records and some correspondence from its former owners.
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