A gas-guzzling Bentley Turbo formerly owned by Prince Charles could soon be yours for as little as £12,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month.
Being sold by H&H Auctions on October 17, the 1994 limousine is a far cry from the ultra-frugal and environmentally-friendly Jaguar I-Pace the Prince of Wales currently owns.
While the zero-emissions 2018 Jaguar will cover 298 miles on a single charge of electricity, the 6.75-litre Bentley Turbo RL – which would have cost around £80,000 when new – will do just 13 miles to the gallon.
Royal ride: This Bentley Turbo was originally owned by Prince Charles from new in 1994. Later this month, it could be yours…
Charles took delivery of the plug-in I-Pace just last month, which costs from £63,000, and has already used it for royal duties.
But the super-green SUV is at the opposite end of the planet-saving spectrum to the car the heir to the throne was using almost a quarter of a century ago.
The 1994 Bentley Turbo uses a 300bhp V8 petrol engine that was good enough for a zero to 60mph launch in seven seconds and a claimed top speed of 140mph – all the while gulping down litres of unleaded.
Part of Royal fleet until 1996, the green (in colour, at least) Bentley was only used by the Prince of Wales for two years, and has since racked up plenty of miles under different ownership.
The clocks now read 140,000 miles, having been registered to two other drivers since being released from the Kensington Palace garage.
It remains in pretty good condition considering its age, though, and looks to be very good value considering the modest £12,000 estimated sale prediction.
The Bentley would have cost around £80,000 when new but could be sold for as little as £12,000 when it goes to auction this month
The limo has a totally unique specification, as ordered for the Royal fleet. This includes extra-low seating and rear reading lights to accompany the folding tray tables
The green Bentley Turbo RL was part of the Royal garage from 1994 until 1996 and has since had two other keepers
It’s certainly been well looked after.
The auctioneer says the green Bentley has a near impeccable MOT history dating back over a decade, complete with extensive maintenance history, original handbooks and service books and a large collection of invoices.
As an added bonus, the MOT doesn’t run out until July.
Inside, the ex-Royal motor has leather seats and a walnut dashboard.
But by far the most interesting accompanying item is the car’s official order form, spelling out the uniqueness of a specification that’s only worthy for the Royal fleet.
Included under the heading of ‘Alternatives to Standard and Optional Extras’ are such instructions as: supply and fit blue lamp; rear seat cushion to be lowered as much as possible; fixed sunroof; front head rests to be easily removable; and rear reading lights.
Under the bonnet is a 300bhp 6.75-litre V8 engine that drinks a gallon of petrol every 13 miles
As well as being thirsty, it’s pretty quick (by 1994 standards). It has a 0-60mph time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 140mph
The car will be sold at the Imperial War Museum Sale at Duxford on October 17, with the bidding starting at £6,000
James McWilliam, from the H&H Classics sales team, said: ‘One can only wonder who sat on these seats beside the famous owner, where they went and what the conversations might have been?
‘Prince Charles and Princess Diana married in July 1981, separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996.
‘So this Bentley would have been owned by Prince Charles during the time that his life was moving into a new phase, post Diana.’
The car will be sold on Wednesday 17 October from 13:00 at the Imperial War Museum Sale at Duxford.
Bidding on Charles’ former Bentley will start from £6,000, and is estimated to reach between just £12,000 and £14,000.
The Bentley is a far cry from the latest car Prince Charles owns. This is his most recent ride – an electric Jaguar I-Pace
The Prince of Wales took delivery of the Jaguar I-Pace SUV in September, which is finished in an exclusive blue paint
The environment-conscious Prince can be taken up to 298 miles on a single charge of electricity in the £63,000 I-Pace
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