Rolls, Bentley and Daimler Limousines Make Royal Entrance
On a bright sunny May day, the world witnesses the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to the American actress Meghan Markle. While classic car enthusiasts may be watching, our classic car radar is immediately peaked when the bridal party starts arriving. In the shadow of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a string of vintage Rolls Royce, Bentley and Daimler limousines arrive. Everyone else is focusing on what the bride is wearing and we have our eyes glued to these classic beauties. If you watched the royal wedding, which luxury limousine is your favorite? Post your answer in the comments. We have ours and we’d love to know yours.
Only 16 Still Exist – The Rolls Royce Phantom IV
The bride, Meghan Markle, arrives looking radiant in a vintage 1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV limousine. This beautiful coach, painted in the sovereign’s colors of royal claret and black, is one of 18 built between 1950-1956. It is the first Rolls Royce owned by the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip. The British carmaker replaces Daimler in 1950 becoming the primary transportation for the British royal family and visiting dignitaries. Only 16 of the luxury behemoths exist today. They are so exclusive, only heads of state could order them. Generalissimo Francisco Franco likes them so much he orders three. They are all still in use as state limousines for the Spanish Government and royal family.
The Queen’s 2002 Bentley State Limousine
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive for the event in her classic 2002 Bentley State Limousine. A gift for her Golden Jubilee, this massive car weighs 8,818 lbs., is 79-inches wide, 70-inches tall and 249-inches in length (even longer than the 2011 Mulsanne sedan). All the body panels and glass are bullet-proof. In the event of a gas attack, the cabin seals airtight to protect the Queen and the Kevlar-reinforced tires are blast-resistant. It is not your average limo. Only two exist in the world and both are parked at the Royal Mews in London.
The Royal Daimler Limousines
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, along with six little bridesmaids and four pageboys arrive in the automotive splendor of three vintage Daimler DS 420s. Daimler is known as Britain’s oldest car manufacturer. Possessing a royal commission from 1902 to 1950, Daimler can proudly boast how they provide every British monarch from Edward VII to Elizabeth II with one of their limousines. The three classic Daimler limos transporting the wedding party are some of the last to be built in 1998.
Queen’s Royal Car Collection Worth £10 Million
Ninety-one-year-old Queen Elizabeth becomes a car enthusiast during her days as a military driver during WWII. The royal collection is estimated to be worth close to £10 million Most are official state vehicles for the royal family to use when attending events. It is not all state limos for the Queen. She has her stable of automobiles housed at the royal residence at Sandringham. Her favorite is a 2002 Land Rover Defender that she frequently drives across her estate. During her lifetime she has owned about 30 of them.
The Royal Limousines Get High Marks
The luxury Rolls Royce, Bentley and Daimler limousines at the Royal Wedding get high marks for style from classic collectors. It is not every day her Majesty’s classic garage empties out for the world to see. When someone asks you what you think of the event, you can truthfully say it was the most magnificent royal spectacle you have ever seen. (You don’t have to tell them you are referring to the classic cars.) Cheerio, classic peeps.
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Be a Classic Truck Community Mentor
A successful classic restoration relies on good garage basics. Many who join collector truck and car communities have yet to attempt a build and are eager to learn proper garage techniques. We set garage ground rules early during our Project C10 restoration of a classic 1965 Chevy C10 truck. These methods are new to some in our crew, which gets us thinking. Garage practices are commonly passed down from one generation to the next. Your probably run your workshop the same way your Dad runs his, since he taught you everything you know, right? If you do not have the advantage of personal instruction, how do you learn? Our collector truck and car communities must reach out to the newest members of our tribe as mentors. It is a pretty great way to pass on fundamental restoration methods.
Project C10 Tech Tips - Labeling
Why do classic restoration practices matter? Anyone involved with collector truck and car restorations will tell you; when it comes to getting the work done, the little things are what can get you. Overlooking a tiny bit of rust, forgetting to add new door panel fabrication to the budget or rushing preparations for a paint job are examples of things that can cause delays or become budget busters. American Modern’s Rick Drewry explains how taking the time to bag-n-tag your parts can save you time and money in our Project C10 Tech Tips about labeling. Can you remember who taught you classic garage etiquette? Share your stories and favorite work tips in our comments.
Always Learn from Your Mistakes
What are good restoration practices? They are the basic mechanical and organizational skills needed to tackle a big-time top-to-bottom classic renovation. Without them, you can get lost in the weeds pretty quickly. Most experienced classic collectors agree; the mistakes you make on your first build -and the solutions- are what you learn from most. These missteps inspire you to up your restoration game, so you never make them again.
Keep Your Classic Garage Running Smoothly
Everyone has their own way of approaching a classic restoration. Most gearheads adhere to a few common ground rules to keep their workspaces running smoothly. Proper garage etiquette prevents you from misplacing parts, causing tempers to flare and work to stall. It is not just about being organized or neat; a well-run work area keeps you focused on the project.
6 Fundamental Garage Practices
1) Create a Checklist – Before one bolt, screw or nut is removed, have a game plan. Map out what you intend to achieve. Give your truck a thorough inspection. List everything you need to fix or improve. Match this to your budget to see where you stand.
2) Post a Progress Board – Use your checklist to set up a progress board. Go old school with a chalk or whiteboard displayed on the garage wall, or build it in a computer program and print it. Assign jobs and deadlines. As work gets done, cross it off. It will help keep you on track and prevent projects from being overlooked.
3) Label, Label, Label – Once you start taking your truck apart, tag and bag everything. It will save you time when you reassemble. Do the same for items you are removing and want to keep. Label parts you buy, especially if you plan to use them later on down the road.
4) Keep Your Workspace Clean – Before, during and after working, tidy up. Create a safe work environment for everyone by cleaning up trash, tools and oil spills. Unplug and store power tools in their proper place.
5) Document Your Progress – Taking photos of your work captures each stage of your build. It also helps document the restoration work for insurance purposes.
6) Have Fun – If you and your team are not enjoying what you are doing, consider another hobby. Even if your project encounters problems, remember you are still working on an incredible classic truck (or car), and it does not get much better than that.
Mentoring a new enthusiast in classic restoration is a good way to pass on what we have all learned through trial and error. Good practice in the garage is not only a solid concept to know, it sets the stage for all the work a team hopes to achieve there. The next time you catch a newbie looking over your shoulder, consider sharing your know-how and help them improve their skills. Remember, we were all green in the garage once.
Pass on What You Have Learned
Join the Project C10 Truck Community
Classic Auto Insurance introduces Project C10, powered by American Modern, an original video series that chronicles the restoration of a 1965 Chevy C10 truck to a beautiful restomod worthy of car show display. Stay up-to-date with Project C10 by subscribing to Classic Auto’s YouTube Channel, following us on Instagram and visiting our C10 Restoration page on ClassicIns.com, where you’ll enjoy step-by-step episodes, project-specific Tech Tips and behind-the-scenes articles that give you an inside look into what it takes to restore a classic collectible like a Chevy C10 truck.