Princess Diana's Rolls Royce is up for auction

November 1, 2012 12:00 AM

A Rolls Royce once used by Princess Diana is being auctioned, with a portion of the sale set to benefit the Children with Cancer charity founded by the royal before her death.

The Volo Auto Museum is hosting the online auction on November 9, where the 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow will be sold to the highest bidder. The vehicle, which was the United Kingdom's official embassy car, underwent some auto repair in the early 1980s to be fit for royal use. Engineers spent three years and more than $200,000 armoring the luxury car to withstand bullets, grenades and even small bombs, NDTV reports.

Used to transport Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their visit to the White House in 1985, the car is valued at more than $2 million by the Berman Museum of History, according to AutoBlog. Videotape footage shows the two using the car to make their way around Washington D.C., including two much-photographed encounters with President Ronald Reagan and actor John Travolta.

Today, almost all of the original elements of the Rolls Royce remain, with the only exception being a new silver coat of paint. It also boasts red leather interior, a 600-pound windshield and several other top features. 

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