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H&H sells Rolls-Royce used by Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson at Balmoral

The Prince of Wales bought a Silver Ghost in 1923 and had it converted by Barker into a Shooting Brake with distinctive walnut effect bodywork. The car was used on his Scottish estates, and it is rumoured that he ordered it with black silk blinds so he could sneak Wallace Simpson into Balmoral.

The walnut coachwork of the Royal Rolls originally sat on chassis number 1346, and it was transferred to the current chassis (107EM), a car of the same year, during a past restoration. It was the highest achiever at the H&H Burghley House auction, selling for just over £161,000 - £17,000 more than its upper estimate.

The Silver Ghost was one of 22 Rolls-Royce cars on offer at the sale ranging from the 1923 Royal Rolls to a 2000 Silver Seraph with one owner and 21,000 miles.

One of the most desirable models on offer was a 1964 Silver Cloud 3 Flying Spur – one of only 52 HJ Mulliner bodied four-door sports saloons produced. Possibly the most original and lowest-mileage surviving example, the Silver Cloud had three previous owners and was believed to have travelled just 37,000 miles over the past 51 years. Selling for just under £155,000, it exceeded its estimate by £16,000.

There were also 14 Bentleys at the Burghley sale, including a stunning looking T1 drophead coupe. One of only 41 built, the 1969 soft top was restored in 2012. It sold for £47,000.

There were some bargains among the 51 cars on offer, including a 1995 Aston Martin DB7 with full-service history and 76,000 miles that sold for just £14,000. Even cheaper was a 1997 Mazda MX6 – although it had a high mileage, it had one lady owner from new, full main dealer service history and a full MoT, and went for just £975.  

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By Claire Evans

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