A Range Rover used by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has today sold at auction for £45,000 – slightly over its pre-sale estimate and a £20,000 premium on what the vehicle is worth without a Royal connection.
The Range Rover Vogue SE SUV was originally supplied to Prince William and Kate Middleton for their personal use by Land Rover’s VIP Department in 2013.
It went under the hammer at the Bonhams MPH May Auction in Bicester, Oxfordshire, attracting plenty of attention from eager car collectors and enthusiasts, with bidders in the room and online duelling it out for the keys to the Royal ride.
Royal ride: This 2013 Range Rover was originally used by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, having been delivered to the couple by Land Rover’s VIP Department for their personal use. It sold today at an Oxfordshire auction for £45,000 plus sale fees
The 2013 Range Rover is fitted with a selection of additional features upon request of the highest order.
It was likely gifted to Prince William and Kate Middleton with family very much in mind, as Prince George was born that year.
The elegant SUV was pictured being used by the couple on a visit to Perthshire on their tour of Scotland in 2014 and was also used on the couple’s tour of Australia the same year.
Given its Royal background, the car unsurprisingly exceeded the auction’s guide price of £30,000 to £40,000 on Saturday.
It is the currently-on-sale L405 example of the Range Rover in the high-spec SE Vogue trim fitted with a 350 horsepower 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
According to the specification sheet, the 2.5-tonne SUV can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 6.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 135mph.
There’s plenty of boot space for a Royal Prince’s pushchair and an 82-litre fuel tank means a 450-mile drive from Kensington Palace to Perth can be completed without having to pull over to fill up with diesel.
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge pictured on a visit to the Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff, Scotland, on 29 May 2014. The Range Rover pictured right is the one sold at auction this afternoon
Royal ride: Very few ex-Royal vehicles are offered to the public with the full declaration of who the previous keepers are
The car was given to the couple in the same year Prince George was born, so might have been one of the vehicles used to transport him as a baby
In its eight years, the Range Rover has clocked up just 38,420 miles. The seller only bought the vehicle in July last year and decided to put it to the highest bidder less than 12 months later. The car retains the number plate it had during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ownership
The car is painted in a stunning ‘Baltic Blue’ colour scheme with ‘Almond’ and ‘Espresso’ leather interior.
To ensure that the vehicle looked in tip-top condition at all times with royalty at the wheel, both the paint and leather has been treated with protective products to guarantee their longevity.
In its eight years the Range Rover has accumulated just 38,420 miles – despite being used on the other side of the globe.
Without doubt, the Royal touch added plenty of value to the Range Rover – a 75 per cent premium, in fact.
A Parkers valuation says a 13-plate SDV8 Vogue SE would sell – on average – in a used car dealership for between £24,505 and £25,695 today – some £20,000 less than what the winning bidder paid for the car in the Bonhams sale.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff, Scotland, on Thursday 29th May 2014 to meet local groups including young carers, Scouts, and Cadets
It’s certainly not the only Range Rover to be part of the Royals’ fleet, with the family still using examples of the spacious SUV today. Pictured: Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry en route to the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014
It’s certainly not the only Range Rover to ever be used as part of the Royals’ fleet, with the family still using examples of the spacious SUV today.
Bonhams says that in most cases, Land Rover and Range Rovers used by the Royal Household are given a new vehicle registration number once they are out of service, so they can be resold without revealing the identity of their former keepers.
However, this is a rare exception to the rule, with the ‘OY13 TBU’ plate being the one used by its VIP owners.
As to safe guard its identity, the car doesn’t even appear on the DVLA’s vehicle checker website that allows owners to look up MOT and tax records of registered UK motors.
A sticker that’s still in the car. Jaguar Land Rover holds all three Royal Warrants, celebrating 70 years since the grant of its first in 1951
Without doubt, the Royal touch added plenty of value to the Range Rover. A Parkers valuation says a 13-plate SDV8 Vogue SE would sell – on average – in a used car dealership for between £24,505 and £25,695 today – some £20,000 less than what the winning bidder paid before auction fees
While the mileage of this example is lower than you’d expect from an eight-year-old motor, the estimate takes into account the premium added by the first owners
The car wasn’t offered at auction by Land Rover or the Royal Family.
The previous owner purchased the car in July 2020 from the Jardine Lancaster Bracknell dealership but after less than 12 months of ownership decided to offer the vehicle to the highest bidder.
It’s certainly not short of features – as you’d expect of any motor provided on request for a Prince.
It comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beam assist, advanced park assist, heated front and rear seats, a panoramic glass roof, electric front seats, Meridian sound system, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, remote garage door opener, remote park heat facility and an electric tow bar.
The car was likely given to the Royal couple with family in mind, as Prince George was born in the same year – 2013 – Land Rover’s VIP Department delivered the car to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE has an 86-litre fuel tank. A trip from Kensington Palace to Scotland can be completed without stopping – and with ease
The Range Rover has plenty of boot space for luggage to tour Scotland and transport a Prince’s pushchair, with 900 litres of loading space with the back seats upright
Other additional features that were required by the Duke and Duchess include a side step for ease of getting in and out during royal duties and events, a drinks fridge and Land Rover premium carpet and rubber floormats.
The car also features a range of safety kit including ABS, additional curtain and thorax airbags, plus a range of electronic driver aids such as stability control and emergency brake assist.
2013 Range Rover 4.4 SDV8 Vogue 4d Auto specs
Price new: approx £85,000 (before optional extras)
Engine: 4.4-litre, V8, turbocharged diesel
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Top Speed: 135 mph
Acceleration, 0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Torque: 700 Nm
CO2 emissions: 219 g/km
Euro Emissions Standard: 6
Fuel tank capacity: 86 litres
Range on a full tank: 624 miles
The Range Rover was sold at auction with a full service history, a Land Rover warranty until July 2021, and a free Land Rover annual service in 2021 at JLR Slough.
‘Overall we are told the car is in excellent condition and drives very well, presenting itself as a rare opportunity to acquire a vehicle with Royal roots,’ Bonhams said ahead of the auction.
This image shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge using the car to visit Perth, Scotland on May 29, 2014 as part of their tour of Scotland that year
In most cases, Land Rover and Range Rovers used by the Royal Household are given a new vehicle registration number once they are out of service, so they can be resold without revealing the identity of their former keepers. However, this is a rare exception to the rule, with the ‘OY13 TBU’ plate being the one used by its VIP owners
The Range Rover uses a 350 horsepower 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine. Despite weighing almost 2.5 tonnes, it can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 6.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 135mph
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