We do hope you’ve all been enjoying The Crown on Netflix. The Free Car mag office is already addicted and chomping through the episodes. We don’t just enjoy the top drawer acting and punchy script, no it is choc full of classic cars. Series One Land Rovers, Humbers, Rileys, Rolls Royce and MGs, we lost count after a while, it was wonderful. In case you don’t know The Crown is based on an award-winning play (“The Audience”) by Peter Morgan. This lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
Traditionally the Royal car of choice was a Daimler. Although they made vehicles that were fit for a King or Queen, a wedding present Daimler for the future Queen Elizabeth developed a gearbox fault. That is thought have resulted in the Duke of Edinburgh ordering a Rolls Royce Phantom in 1950.
The Queen has always enjoyed driving and has been spotted behind the wheel of Daimlers, Land Rovers, Vauxhalls, Ford’s and Jaguars. The young Princess Elizabeth loved cars and joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a mechanic during the Second World War. There she learned how to change a wheel, rebuild engines and drive ambulances and trucks.
If you want to know more about any of the classics featured in the series please get in touch and we will do our best to answer your query.