A 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II that once carried Lady Diana, Princess of Wales on her maiden visit to the US in 1985, which she made along with Prince Charles to meet the then president Ronald Reagan and First lady Nancy Reagan, is set to be auctioned by Volvo Auto Museum online at eBay on 9th November 2012.
The car is stated to be worth over $2 million. It is heavily armored and has special features befitting the Royal Family while documents stated that over $200,000 was spent only on armoring it. These features include a 600 pound bullet proof windshield and side windows while the vehicle is also sealed from any form of toxic gas exposure. The car is in its original format except for a new paint job in gleaming silver with red leather interiors.
In keeping with Princess Diana’s philanthropy nature, a part of the sale of the car will be donated to Children with Cancer, UK a British children’s charity which is dedicated to fight childhood cancer. Incidentally it was the late Princess herself who inaugurated this charity in 1988. The Rolls Royce in question has a 6.8 liter V8 engine under its bonnet mated to a three speed automatic gearbox. The vehicle will be part of other cars on auction which will include Jon Bon Jovi’s personal BMW and the last car owned by Groucho Marx. For more information, scroll down.
Auto News Release 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 of History Volo, IL – October 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Get in on the excitement as the Volo Auto Museum hosts an online, no-reserve auction on Nov. 9th 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 of History, 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 27th anniversary of Princess Diana’s first visit, 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 CANCER UK, Britain’s leading children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer, which the Princess inaugurated in 1988. CHILDREN with CANCER UK funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes. Other cars featured in this Nov. 9th eBay auction will include Jon Bon Jovi’s personal BMW, the last car ever owned by Groucho Marx, and others. Full details are available by calling (815) 385-3644. Or visit volocars.com.