God save Netflix for delivering unto us series four of The Crown while we’re in a nationwide lockdown with nothing else to do. Beyond the familial, constitutional, domestic, and geopolitical dramas affecting the House Of Windsor in this series, there are some really lovely cars. We’ve had a peek inside the Royal Mews’ garages and picked out our favorites, from vintage limousines to modern sports cars and superbikes.
Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulet (1955)
The royal family has owned dozens of Rolls-Royce Phantom IVs and Vs. Perhaps the rarest specification is that of Her Majesty’s 1955 State Landaulet, with coachwork by Hooper & Co. Powered by a 5.7-litre straight-eight engine, just 18 of these long-wheelbase Luxo-barges were produced by Rolls-Royce and sales were restricted to heads of state. Our Queen’s machine was painted in claret and black, with dark blue and grey cloth upholstery. It remained in service for 43 years before being returned to Rolls-Royce in 2002 and is similar to the car in which Meghan Markle rode to her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.