It’s a rare opportunity to buy the Range Rover personally owned by Kate Middleton and Prince William – and famously used to transport baby George home from hospital when he was born in 2013.
But, despite a host of media publicity and all proceeds going to charity, the Range Rover is struggling to reach market value – with just three days left at auction.
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The top-of-the-range Range Rover Vogue SE was gifted to the royal couple by Land Rover’s VIP department in 2013. It features the usual Range Rover luxuries, including a dual-view infotainment screen, a panoramic sunroof and even a fridge in the centre console.
With 31,000 miles on the clock, a Range Rover like this would usually retail for around £60,000. After just eight bids the price, however, currently sits at £49,970 – below the auctioneer’s undisclosed reserve price of around £75,000.
Despite this, its sellers are confident that it could make as much as £150,000 when the auction ends on Thursday.
The Range Rover, which would have been worth around £90,000 when it was new, was bought by a private buyer who spotted it on car classifieds site Auto Trader. He decided to buy it to then sell on in a high-profile auction to raise money for charity.
Powered by a 4.4-litre SDV8 turbodiesel engine, the Range Rover will hit 62mph in 6.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 135mph. Despite being a diesel, the heavy SUV returns 33.6mpg – something which might have triggered William’s decision to sell it on.
The advert for the Range Rover states: “The Historic association of having served two future Kings and a future Queen is making this vehicle one of the most sought after in the history of Royal vehicles.
“It has attracted significant global interest from families expecting their first-born child, as new parents will not only be able to enjoy the luxury and prestige of the car itself, but in being a part of the Royal couple’s historic story, during their ‘once in a life-time opportunity’ to drive their baby home from Hospital.”
Proceeds from the sale will be divided between Sun Screen IT, which donates IT equipment to schools in Africa, and military mental healthy charity, Stand Down.