The British royal family is synonymous with opulence and luxury; their car collection is no different. While the United Kingdom has just crowned its new King, it is his impressive vehicle collection that is really catching everyone’s attention.
King Charles III has been known as a car enthusiast since he was a young man. And from his knowledge, he has acquired an awe-inspiring private collection. Also, he has a great interest in fuel sustainability and how climate change will affect the future of motor cars.
The Royal family has and always will drive exclusively British-made vehicles. This is a tradition that has elevated luxury British motor vehicles throughout the world. If some of the most influential people in the world will only use this car brand, then it must be both luxurious and safe.
One of the tricky things with the English Royal family’s car collection is that it is hard to pinpoint who owns what. But since he is now the matriarch and the head of the Royal family, it would seem he has a claim to them all.
According to The Guardian, the King’s vehicle collection is worth a lot of money. It comprises Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Aston Martins, and Land Rovers. We have compiled a list of the cars closest to King Charles III’s heart and added a small number of other Royals cars that we just could not miss.
Bentley State Limousines
These pair of custom-made Bentley limousines are the most famous of all the Royal vehicles. They were made for Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III’s mother, in 2002 for her golden jubilee. Before these limousines were created, the Royals favored Rolls Royce Phantoms as the vehicle of choice for official public outings.
They are 6.22 meters long and contain a large amount of legroom. Most distinguishable feature is the raised roof for plenty of headroom to get in and out of. They are armored for safety and are also gas-proof in case of a gas bomb.
The interior is as impressive as the exterior. The seats where His Royal Majesty will sit are trimmed in Hield Lambswool Sateen cloth, with their areas upholstered in grey Connolly leather. A custom, silver addition of St George slaying the dragon was added on the bonnet of the vehicles instead of the classic ‘B” logo.
These custom Bentley limousines are primarily used for public engagements rather than leisure. Sometimes these Royal vehicles are also adorned with a unique Royal crest so that the public can see they have arrived. The value of these vehicles is not known but is widely speculated. Experts have valued them anywhere between 2 million each to 18 million each.
Aston Martin DB6 Volante
This 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante was a 21st birthday present for Charles from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. This specific car is famous for another reason besides being a very expensive vintage Aston Martin. King Charles is known for his interest in the environment. When he was concerned about this car’s emissions, the English company Green Fuels changed this car from traditional fuel to bioethanol. The Royal private joke with this car is that it can run on “wine and cheese.” This special birthday present is priced at least $2,500,000.
King Charles III Vehicle Collection
Also, King Charles and the Royal vehicle collection includes a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, a Bentley Bentayga, a Land Rover Range Rover Landaulet, a Jaguar XE, a Jaguar Daimler V8 Super LWB, and a Land Rover Defender.
Of course, let’s not forget about the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante that was gifted to Charles by the Emir of Bahrain. It was later sold at auction for $200,000 and donated to the Prince’s Trust Foundation.
Royal State Coach
The most luxurious vehicle that the Royals and now King Charles III owns is not even a vehicle, the famous Royal Gold State Coach. It is 275 inches long, even bigger than the Bentley limousines, and weighs nearly 4100 kg. The coach is 261 years old and was built in 1762. It has been at the forefront of most Royal events since 1831. This coach’s estimated value is $2,000,000.
King Charles III’s fleet of vehicles comes to an eye-watering total of at least $6,000,000. That does not include the custom Bentley limousines that cannot be accurately valued. This fleet comprises cars King Charles bought for himself, and cars passed down to him from his late mother.
All of which are impressive, vintage, British, and synonymous with Royal tradition.