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Mountbatten's Rolls auctioned off
The rolls-royce
The car used by Lord Mountbatten may fetch 75,000
A Rolls-Royce fitted with seats that fold into a bed, which was specially ordered by the late Lord Mountbatten, has been sold at auction for 69,700.

The car, reputedly the last model Henry Royce designed himself, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Bonhams on Monday.

Lord Mountbatten ordered the car in 1929 and it was completed in 1930.

He used it daily to drive to and from his Broadlands home in Romsey, Hampshire, before selling it on to CG Pullin esq of Ampfield, Hampshire.

The special seating in the Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Sedanca de Ville is referred to in a letter from Lord Mountbatten that accompanies the car.

The vehicle has a personalised number plate - LM 3698 - with the numbers of Lord Mountbatten's old Mayfair telephone number.

Lord Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin, was killed by the IRA in August 1979.


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