A resplendent pre-war Rolls Royce once owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten is to be sold at auction this weekend with a starting price of £50,000.
The Queen’s cousin and great grandson of Queen Victoria, Lord Mountbatten was a revered naval officer and statesman.
The 1929 Rolls is painted in battleship grey in honour of his decorated naval career.
The Phantom II Sedanca de Ville still bears Lord Mountbatten’s initials on its British registration plate LM3698.
The car, a 7.7 litre, six cylinder Roller, has been kept in recent years at the Aalholm Collection as part of the Aalholm Automobil Museum in Denmark.
The stunning car is one of nearly 100 vehicles going under the hammer following the closure of the museum in 2007.
In its catalogue description, auctioneers RM Auctions notes: “Chassis 133WJ is paired with a Sedanca de Ville body and a special dashboard with raised grille and bonnet to match.
“It was delivered new on February 24, 1930 to the Rt. Honourable Lord Louis Mountbatten, a British statesman, Naval officer, and an uncle to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“As presented, it exhibits only minor flaws: some bubbling around the bonnet hinge and slight settling of the driver’s door.”
Lord Mountbatten was murdered by an IRA bomb blast on his boat in Ireland in 1979.
The Rolls is up for auction in Denmark this Sunday.