Her Majesty's Insane Car Collection Would Make Any Billionaire Jealous
People born into royal families have all kinds of privileges that ordinary people cannot understand; from immeasurable amounts of money to a staff crew employed to make their lives easier. For example, they all have chauffeurs, but that does not mean that they do not enjoy driving. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II has an awesome car collection. Here, we have the details.
The queen loves to drive
One of the many royal privileges Elizabeth II enjoys is not needing a driver’s license. This is because documents in the UK are given on behalf of the Queen. You would think that there was no point for her to learn how to manage a vehicle since her status has always been elevated, and her family has several drivers in their employment.
But, Elizabeth II learned to drive during the Second World War, when she handled an aid truck for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Her training included learning the workings of the engine and such. Since then, she has a special affinity for cars and has collected impressive vehicles over the years, which are worth so much money that we can only dream of owning them.
1. The Bentley Bentayga
Bentley is a company known for selling high-end cars to the wealthiest people in the world, and members of the royal family appreciate the elegance of their models. The Queen was given the first spot in the orders for the Bentley Bentayga, a vehicle that might seem elegant and delicate, but has a 600 horsepower engine that can reach 187 miles per hour.
The official website says: “Bentayga is unlike any other sport utility vehicle in the world. This powerful, all-terrain, all-purpose car offers an exceptional driving experience. As well as having the most technically advanced engine in its category, it has Mulliner Driving Specification fitted as standard and a choice of more paint colors than any other SUV.” It is also worth up to $245,000.
2. The custom-designed 2015 Range Rover LWB Landaulet
Famous people like the Pope and the Queen have cars specifically designed for taking drives around towns and saluting people. However, these people need the utmost safety on every occasion, and while the Popemobile is almost indestructible, we cannot deny that Elizabeth II’s Range Rover is much more stylish.
She has been seen in it during royal processions, but for other events like royal weddings and the Queen’s Jubilee, she prefers to use her regular cars. It features doors that release backward, and a top that opens as well so that she can wave at the crowds. This is the fourth vehicle that Land Rover has designed for a procession.
3. The State Bentleys
These are her most common cars, and they are like the president’s limousine, everywhere she goes, those vehicles go too. They are designed to the Queen’s liking and equipped with all kinds of comforts anyone could want. Furthermore, since her safety is a top priority all the time, these machines have a level of security that could be featured in a James Bond film.
The limousines are one meter longer than the standard Bentley Arnage which measures 6.22 meters. Additionally, the rear seats were covered with lambswool sateen cloth, and the rest of the interior used gray leather hide. Only two models were made in the world, which means that they are rarer than the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV; there are only 18 models in the world.
4. Land Rover Defender
Most people would not believe that the Queen would purchase a car like this one. It was once used by farmers and factory workers, as well as known as the “car of the people”. However, Elizabeth II got one just before taking the crown, and since then, she needs to have one in the collection always. You probably know that the Queen loves traveling to the countryside.
She and husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were spotted in this vehicle when they toured the pastures for six months to see the common-wealth. Unlike other brands, Land Rover is not exclusive to royalties or government dignitaries. Common people love to get them as well. It was also speculated that the monarch used this car for their hunting activities.
5. The Royal Gold State Coach
While this is not exactly a modern car, or in fact, it is not a car at all because it doesn’t have an engine, it does run on horsepower. Furthermore, this transport is only used on the most formal events to attend, and with good reason, since it seems impractical and calls for too much attention. However, it really makes her look like a real monarch.
Of course, the Queen always looks fantastic, but the State Coach makes it seems like she is in a fairytale and was first introduced in 1762. It is used for coronations or other events that are of importance to the direct rulers of the lands. You probably won’t see it again until it’s time to crown a new King.
6. Aston Martin Volante D86
This vehicle does not actually belong to her, although she bought it. It was a gift for Prince Charles’ 21st birthday. Charles decided to change the power source of the car, so instead of regular fuel, it gets bioethanol, one made from wine. The heir is working at reducing the emissions of the royal family by 25% in the future decade.
Their cars are worth so much
Queen Elizabeth II has other vehicles such as Jaguars, Audis, Rolls Royces and more, and their value is around 10 million British pounds. Of course, the family is worth $88 billion, so the price of their vehicle-collection does not seem that far-fetched in comparison. However, our minds were blown by such high numbers.
What did you think of the Queen’s car? If you had the money to buy your dream vehicle, which one would you choose? While we do not understand why one person, even a royal one, needs to have so many cars, we must admit that were we in her shoes; we would buy everything we wanted too. Leave a comment down below, and share this article with all your friends who would kill for this set.