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All rise… for the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
We’ve studiously avoided
any royal wedding chat on the site this week, if only to provide a lone,
blissful haven from dresses and disgraced ambassadors from Malawi. But we
suppose it’s worth mentioning the not-so-reasonably-priced car that will also
be a star in tomorrow’s nuptials.
At least Kate Middleton’s turning up in a proper British vehicle, not one of
those Disney-spec Landau carriage things. Nor an Audi, even though the royals
are reportedly part of the company’s VIP scheme.
It’s the very same seven-seat 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that those student
protestors repainted last year. And even though it looks like it’s been designed
in a Home Counties vicarage, it’s the poshest Rolls in the history of ever.
The original Phantom VI had a spell as the world’s most expensive car when it
launched in 1968, but this one had an extra pimp-over by RR before the British
motor industry handed it over to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee.
RR took off the number plates – HM the Q doesn’t need them, nor a licence –
added toughened glass, then removed the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and
replaced it with a custom-made solid silver model of St George slaying a
In terms of power, Rolls-Royce actually refused to publish engine performance
when the car was released – terribly gauche, you see – simply describing it as
‘adequate’. But Rolls Royce specialists Frank Dale and Stepson reckon the 6.75-litre V8 makes around 220bhp. Not the most
efficient, but perfect for the 10mph waft that is its daily drive.
Surprisingly, there aren’t
any other regal mods inside: just factory leather and a standard Wilton carpet,
door wood, electric windows and air-con.
Still, the bride will probably have other things to distract her come Friday.
Like pondering if another Audi would be a good idea. We can definitely see the future queen
looking resplendent in a V10 R8 Spyder.