King Charles III’s Best Cars

King Charles III's Best Cars

King Charles III has had some memorable bikes over the decades, but he may decide to give the new monarchy a greener route. Any garage cleanup would likely include the outdated, gas-guzzling state cars being replaced by fuel-efficient vehicles, more in keeping with its long-held environmental beliefs.

When the Prince of Wales was, the King was often outspoken on this subject. Before taking the throne, he admitted that such interventions would no longer be appropriate as a ruler. Still, His Majesty could declare a greener alternative to the current range of state limousines, which are at least 20 years old.

The armored limos, presented by Bentley on the occasion of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, with the second car purchased by the Royal Family, have a 6.75 liter twin-turbo engine and produce an equally heavy CO2 emissions of 462 g/km. Bentley would not comment on the possibility of a new state limousine, though it expects to sell its first all-electric car in 2025.

The new king chose a classic Rolls-Royce Phantom VI for his first drive to Buckingham Palace as monarch on September 9, stopping to meet benefactors at the gates. Dating back to 1977, the Silver Jubilee car features a bonnet mascot of St. George slaying the dragon, rather than the Spirit of Ecstasy figure commonly associated with the British brand. Rolls-Royce will launch its first all-electric car at the end of 2023.

Another option could be to future-proof some of the royal family’s limousines, as he did with his classic Aston Martin DB6, converting the 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol tourer to run on eco-friendly biofuel.

But although His Royal Highness as a monarch no longer needs a driver’s license, he will have little time to think about emissions figures in the coming months.

Here we dwell on the crown on the king’s most famous and sometimes thirsty cars, and the story behind them.

1950: Austin J40 pedal car