Sunday, April 18, 2021

A royal smuggler

Rolls-Royce allegedly used to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral for sale

 

In 1923, the future King Edward VIII commissioned coachbuilders Barker to refinish the chassis of a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to create a shooting brake with a difference. Featuring not only walnut effect finishing to its aluminium panels, the bespoke car also included specially commissioned black pull-down silk blinds and it is rumoured that these were installed so he could smuggle guests – and most particularly Wallis Simpson – in and out of Balmoral without their being seen.

 

A royal smuggler - 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake
A royal smuggler – The 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake complete with the ex-Edward VIII Barker coachwork is guided at £100,000 to £120,000

A royal smuggler - 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake
Her Grace The Duchess of Windsor and His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor in 1940

A royal smuggler - 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake
The passenger compartment comes complete with black pull-down silk blinds

 

The Rolls-Royce – chassis no. 1346 – was used by the royal family until 1940 and after its subsequent sale, the car and the shooting brake coachwork were subsequently separated. Another Silver Ghost – chassis no. 107EM – was then fitted with the discarded ex-Edward VIII Barker coachwork in the 1960s and now that car is set to be auctioned by H&H at the RREC Burghley House sale at Stamford in Lincolnshire on 20th June.

 

Of the car, Damian Jones of H&H commented:

 

“When the vehicle was consigned to us, the current owner mentioned in passing that a rumour accompanying the car was that Edward VIII used it to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral”.

 

“There is no documentary evidence to validate that, but it’s a tale that’s been passed on from owner to owner. One of the more telling features of this shooting brake is that it had pull-down blinds on all the windows”.

 

“When you’re out in the middle of an estate with a shotgun it’s hard to see what the need for privacy would have been… Shooting brakes are normally rather utilitarian vehicles that would not normally be associated with privacy, but with this one Edward felt the need to install blinds”.

 

The car has a guide price of £100,000 to £120,000 ($153,000 to $183,000 or €137,000 to €165,000).

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    5e3b97728b2e4bf58c9ff7822befe328?s=96&d=mm&r=g
    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    6 COMMENTS

    1. What a stunning vehicle! I was only watching a documentary 2 nights ago on Wallis Simpson, or That Woman as she was known. Completely fascinating story. I personally think its a thing of beauty ERM…. the car that is.

      • Very funny…yes, Wallis Simpson…a truly hideous woman. Still, she was well matched with the Nazi loving husband

    2. This compares favourably with a Cartier tiger and such……………

      ‘Twas ever so……Ancient Silver dealers, that I know, still have items bought at Mentmore -Sotheby Parke Bernett – May 1977…….the rhyme goes ‘ It meant more at Mentmore ‘

    3. […] http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-royal-smuggler/ Balmoral built castle coach course England English into King owned People Rolls Royce woman 2015-09-12 admin Share ! window.___gcfg = {lang: 'en-US'}; (function(w, d, s) { function go(){ var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], load = function(url, id) { if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.src = url; js.id = id; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }; load('//connect.facebook.net/en/all.js#xfbml=1', 'fbjssdk'); load('https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js', 'gplus1js'); load('//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js', 'tweetjs'); } if (w.addEventListener) { w.addEventListener("load", go, false); } else if (w.attachEvent) { w.attachEvent("onload",go); } }(window, document, 'script')); […]

    4. […] http://thesteepletimes.com/opulence-splendour/a-royal-smuggler/ Balmoral built castle coach Course England English into King owned People Rolls Royce Woman 2015-09-13 admin Share ! window.___gcfg = {lang: 'en-US'}; (function(w, d, s) { function go(){ var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], load = function(url, id) { if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.src = url; js.id = id; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }; load('//connect.facebook.net/en/all.js#xfbml=1', 'fbjssdk'); load('https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js', 'gplus1js'); load('//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js', 'tweetjs'); } if (w.addEventListener) { w.addEventListener("load", go, false); } else if (w.attachEvent) { w.attachEvent("onload",go); } }(window, document, 'script')); […]

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Become a Patron of The Steeple Times

    Independent journalism will only remain independent if it is supported by clear-thinking people like you. We each have the command to make a real difference. Join us.

    2,588FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    10,908FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this very British site, it helps us grow. Your data is protected and The Steeple Times will send you an email at noon everyday that we rather trust you will enjoy.

    Advertisement

    Other Stories You May Enjoy

    Don’t Come On Carrie! The nation does NOT need Carrie Symonds – Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on, Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.

    Don’t Come On Carrie!

    Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.
    Theresa’s in the Trough – Theresa May MP’s £1.2m in 2020 – 2021 – Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.

    Theresa’s in the Trough

    Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.
    The Spectre Shooting Brake – 1 of 1 Rolls-Royce Wraith shooting brake – 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost – Bonhams at their ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ sale in Monte Carlo on 23rd April 2021 with an estimate of £320,000 to £480,000 ($440,000 to $660,000, €370,000 to €550,000 or درهم1.6 million to درهم2.4 million).

    The Spectre Shooting Brake

    2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a ‘Spectre’ shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost.
    Courting Expletives 2021 – Emma Rivers v Jigsaw Homes Tameside – Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of once Great Britain; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.

    Courting Expletives

    Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of the nation; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.
    Beecher’s Muck – Far right Jay Beecher supports Ghislaine Maxwell – Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’

    Beecher’s Muck

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’
    Mucky Maxwell & Meddling Madeley – Ghislaine Maxwell apologist Richard Madeley exposed – EXCLUSIVE – Richard Madeley is an apologist for Ghislaine Maxwell suggests ‘The Steeple Times’ and his wife, of course, was an apologist for another sexual abuser, footballer Ched Evans.

    Mucky Maxwell & Meddling Madeley

    EXCLUSIVE – Meddling Richard Madeley is an apologist for Ghislaine Maxwell suggests ‘The Steeple Times’ whilst his wife, of course, was criticised for her views on sexual abusers in 2014.
    Heroine of the Hour 2021 – Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore – In becoming the first woman ever to win the Grand National, Rachael Blackmore has brought much needed joy to the racing world.

    Heroine of the Hour 2021 – Rachael Blackmore

    In becoming the first woman ever to win the Grand National, Rachael Blackmore has brought much needed joy to the racing world.
    Hero of the Hour 2021 – 86-year-old steeplejack Peter Harknett – That 86-year-old steeplejack Peter Harknett has just completed his final job climbing St Giles Church in Horsted Keynes is remarkable.

    Hero of the Hour 2021 – Peter Harknett

    That 86-year-old steeplejack Peter Harknett has just completed his final job climbing St Giles Church in Horsted Keynes is remarkable.
    Wicked Worldwide Webbed Ghislaine 2021 – Ghislaine Maxwell website – Ghislaine Maxwell’s family opted to “bury bad news” on the day Prince Philip died by launching a new website in support of the mucky madam; on it they share that the wicked wench is reading a book by peddler of piffle Boris Johnson and elsewhere follows Richard and Judy on Twitter.

    Wicked Worldwide Webbed Ghislaine

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s family opted to “bury bad news” on the day Prince Philip died by launching a new website in support of the mucky madam; on it they share that the wicked wench is reading a book by peddler of piffle Boris Johnson and elsewhere follows Richard and Judy on Twitter.
    Runners & Riders – The Grand National 2021 – ‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 4 options for Saturday’s crowded Grand National 2021.

    Runners & Riders – The Grand National 2021

    ‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 4 options for Saturday’s crowded Grand National 2021.

    Popular Articles From The Past

    Weather

    London
    overcast clouds
    3.4 ° C
    5 °
    2.8 °
    69 %
    0.8kmh
    100 %
    Sun
    13 °
    Mon
    16 °
    Tue
    16 °
    Wed
    13 °
    Thu
    9 °