Would you buy a used car from….? King Charles’ Jaguar I-Pace up for sale

Tom Barnard

16 Feb 2024

A Jaguar I-Pace purchased in 2018 by King Charles for his personal use is to be sold at auction on Saturday 2nd March.

The range-topping I-Pace EV400 HSE was the first electric car to be owned by a member of the royal family, and is said to have cost around £60,000. He took delivery in September 2018 and had a fast charger installed at Clarence House, his official London residence. 

At his personal request, the Jag was uniquely finished in 'Loire Blue', and remains the only I-Pace to be painted in this colour. The leather interior was fittingly, Light Oyster Windsor. 

Driven in person, accompanied by Queen Camilla and other member of the royal family during his tenure, the car was returned to Jaguar in December 2020 after some 3,000 miles, and was subsequently offered for sale through its appointed dealer, Jaguar North Oxford. 

For the current owner of the car, Karen French of Bampton, Oxfordshire, it was a serendipity moment: “This I-Pace was exactly what I was looking for and pretty much on my doorstep. It was only when I agreed to buy it that I discovered its extraordinary history - I was absolutely thrilled. Having driven it over 30,000 miles”, she added, ”I decided in the New Year that it was time for a change.” 

The car has an estimate of £55,000-£70,000. A similar I-Pace without the royal connection would be worth around £20,000

Historics’ Head of Auctions, Mathew Priddy, said: “We are thrilled to bring this royal icon to auction. It's an unrepeatable piece of electric motoring history. With the Jaguar I-Pace being discontinued ahead of Jaguar’s re-launch in 2025, this will remain surely the most significant example, which will be reflected in its increasing value.” 

The inside is trimmed in 'Light Oyster Windsor' leather

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