If regal provenance, controversy and a sprinkling of tragedy are your thing… look no further, Lord Mountbatten’s Jaguar 420 is up for grabs…
Anyone who’s trawled the Netflix hit series, The Crown, will no doubt have caught a glimpse of the odd classic or three including Prince Charles’s Aston Martin DB6 Volante, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Rover P5B and Daimler Sovereign 4.2, Queen Elizabeth II’s Rolls-Royce Phantom VI and even the basic Mini Metro Lady Diana Spencer tootled ‘quietly’ about in when attention wasn’t on high on the royalty list of priorities.
One classic you won’t have spotted was Lord Mountbatten’s stylish Jaguar 420 which was completed by Jaguar on February 27, 1967, and subsequently delivered to him later that year.
Lord Mountbatten or ‘Uncle Dickie’ as he’s often referred to nowadays, was regularly given a Rolls-Royce as an automotive sweetener by his ‘sex mad’ wife, Edwina who was keen to satisfy her husband’s manufacturer of choice. This continued for many years apart from his time serving as Supreme Allied Commander of the Southeast Asia Theatre when he was known to drive a Willys Jeep at speed with his arms and elbows almost level with his shoulders for ventilation reasons.
In later years, Lord Mountbatten’s taste in motor cars was heavily influenced by Jaguar and especially this 420 which was personalised and specifically dressed in ‘Special Mountbatten Blue’ (paint code LSC 32872) over a Grey interior – the preferred interior colour used on many of Mountbatten’s personal automobiles.
Not to be confused with the larger 420G, the desirable 4.2-litre Jaguar was initially registered on April 19, 1967, and still reflects ‘Earl Mountbatten of Burma’ as the first owner on the original logbook, listing Broadlands, Mountbatten’s country home in Hampshire, as the registered address.
You may also like:
First Aston Martin DB4 For Sale
The car has remained in the UK since production and boasts various modifications including one of the first heated front windscreens fitted to any Jaguar and a passenger seat head restraint.
The history file is reported to include factual correspondence between subsequent owners and members of the Mountbatten family and includes letters from Lady Pamela Hicks, Mountbatten’s younger daughter, and Lord Romsey, Mountbatten’s grandson. Lady Pamela, on behalf of Clive Debenham (the third owner of the Jaguar), asked Lord Mountbatten to sign the original logbook, which comes with the present vehicle.
Restored to its original condition by Vincent Coachworks courtesy of Sidney H. Grant, the car was then reacquired by the Mountbatten family and is offered from their ownership today, presenting as it was in Lord Mountbatten’s time.
Bizarrely, the roof still has the chrome mounting used to carry the royal emblem and ‘Dickie’s’ crest is still on the doors, making it one of the most unique and interesting 420s ever to come to market in recent years.
Tragically, Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA on August 27, 1979, whilst out on a fishing trip in his boat named Shadow V near the coast of the Republic of Ireland by a bomb that had been placed on board the vessel fifteen minutes earlier.
Is it worth £10,000 – £20,000? The car is being offered by Sotheby’s via this link…
Images courtesy of Sotheby’s