Labour council facing £22m budget cuts has Rolls-Royce

Labour council facing £22million budget cuts still has ‘hidden’ £200,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom that was used to transport Princess Diana and the Queen mothballed in an underground garage

  • A Cardiff Labour council facing budget cuts has a hidden Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • The Lord Mayoral limousine is worth around £200,000 but not used since 2002
  • The vehicle is only being driven out of the council HQ car park  to get its MOT 
  • Meanwhile the council has to cut £22.7m from its spending next year

A hard-up Labour council is hiding away a £200,000 Rolls-Royce in an underground garage – and it is only driven out once a year to get an MOT test.

The luxury Phantom V Roller has been kept underground for 16 years since being used to ferry around dignitaries such as Princess Diana and the Queen on official visits to Cardiff.

But the plush Lord Mayoral limousine owned by Cardiff council was last used officially in 2002 – and has been mothballed under wraps ever since.

It is only being driven out of the council HQ car park once a year in order to get its annual MOT and costs taxpayers around £200 a year to run.

A hard-up Labour council in Cardiff is hiding away a £200,000 Rolls-Royce (pictured) in an underground garage – and it is only driven out once a year to get an MOT test 

 The car has a silver dragon on the bonnet instead of the usual flying lady for which the council had to ask special permission from Rolls-Royce

The plush Lord Mayoral limousine owned by Cardiff council was last used officially in 2002 – and has been mothballed under wraps ever since. Pictured: The luxury ride in the council HQ car park

The 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V was last valued in 2008 by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club which estimated it to be worth £70,000.

Its special number plate KG1 was valued by Regtransfers in 2008 when it was thought to be worth £100,000.

The plate and the car together, adjusting the 2008 valuations for inflation, are now thought to be worth around £215,600.

The car has a silver dragon on the bonnet instead of the usual flying lady for which the council had to ask special permission from Rolls-Royce.

Meanwhile the council has to cut £22.7million from its spending next year, and has warned residents to prepare for ‘difficult decisions’ about where savings will come from.

The 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V was last valued in 2008 by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club which estimated it to be worth £70,000 and the KG1 plate at £100,000

The luxury Phantom V Roller has been kept underground for 16 years since being used to ferry around dignitaries such as Princess Diana and the Queen on official visits to Cardiff. Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles in what appears to be the Rolls-Royce in 1981 

A group on Facebook is calling for the car to be put into a museum. 

The group, called Cardiff’s Rolls-Royce KG1, said: ‘It is a unique vehicle with an incredible history. 

‘Tragically the car has spent the last decade sitting under tarpaulin in the underground car park of county hall. 

‘I hope this group will raise awareness of the vehicle and that people will support me in lobbying the council to display the car in the Cardiff Story Museum.’

A Cardiff council spokesperson said: ‘The council has stored the car and number plate safely and a report is due to go to cabinet this summer which will contain recommendations on their future.’

A Cardiff council spokesperson said: ‘The council has stored the car and number plate safely and a report is due to go to cabinet this summer which will contain recommendations on their future’

The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles in what appears to be the £200,000 ride in 1999 

Councillor Adrian Robson, leader of the council’s Conservative group, said: ‘The council should be able to use the Rolls-Royce to raise income and to use it as a marketing tool.

‘It’s a missed marketing opportunity. I have suggested that the Rolls-Royce could attend fairs and festivals around the country to act as promotion for Cardiff.

‘The council should be using it to generate business and tourism. 

‘I’m sure there are many car enthusiasts who would relish the chance to maintain it and could be brought in to keep costs reduced.’ 

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