Royal cars provide Cartier crown jewels


To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Cartier Style et Luxe concours at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29 June-1 July will have a very different look with 12 cars from the Royal collection at Sandringham.

To continue the theme, other stand-outs from the collection wil be a special coach from the Royal train and a De Havilland Chipmunk aircraft.

Among the coachbuilt limousines will be a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V with a shortened bonnet. This modification was made so that it could fit on the Royal yacht Brittania for use on overseas visits. There will also be a set of special landaulettes headed by an exotic 1973 Citroën SM Décapotable. This long-wheelbase vehicle built by Chapron is being sent by the French government after instruction from President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Estate cars have long been popular with the Royal family, and the display will include a one-off 1956 Ford Zephyr with extended roof to carry luggage from the station to Sandringham, plus one of the Queen’s personal favourites, a Vauxhall Cresta Friary Estate that she regularly drove.

Shooting Brakes were essential vehicles for the Windsors, and making a rare outing are a 1924 Daimler (top, on right) and a ’51 Ford V8 Pilot ‘Woodie’ that the Queen Mother had a special affection for (above). Restored by Ford apprentices, it has several unique features including a floor gearchange because the Queen Mother didn’t like the column change.

Other family cars expected include an Alvis TD21 drophead and ’63 Rover P5.

A special class for Toy Cars will range from a half-scale American Midget racer, made for Prince Charles in 1955, to a 007 style Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (above) that was presented to the Queen when she visited the Newport Pagnell factory in 1965. Powered by two 12V batteries, it would hit 10mph and took Aston employees 12 weeks to build.

For further details or to book tickets, visit the Goodwood website.

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