Royal Danish Ceremonial Car "Store Krone"

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The Royal Danish Ceremonial Car is the official state car of the head of state Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Origins[edit]

The "Store Krone" running on the streets of Roskilde

King Frederik IX of Denmark commissioned the vehicle called "Store Krone" (Great Crown) in 1958.[1]

The Store Krone is the flagship of the Danish monarchy’s fleet of cars. It is an imposing Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith seven-seater LGLW 25 body no. 10181 model 1958. LGLW 25 stands for: L: Left hand drive, LW: Long wheelbase (3,38m instead of 3,23m) and 25 is a sequential number that means it is the 25th car of the series GLW.[1]

A total of 66 Silver Wraiths were delivered in 1958. On 11 April 1958 the guarantee certificate was issued to His Majesty The King of Denmark, The Royal Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark by the seller and supplier Hooper & Co. (Coachbuilder) Ltd. 54 St. James Street, Piccadilly, London S.W.1.[1] As a curiosity the previous unit, that is the Royal Dutch State Limousine with chassis number LGLW 24 was commissioned by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

Engine[edit]

The engine is a 6-cylinder in-line engine of 4,887 ccm with an overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. Fed by two SU carburettors, unofficially the engine generates approximately 180 HP. according to a test drive of the Silver Wraith carried out by the British automobile magazine, The Autocar. The engine is the biggest in the Silver Wraith models and from 1954 when it was bored out from 4,257 ccm. In 1959 the engine was discontinued from the Rolls-Royce engine programme after 19 years.

The engine utilises a four-speed RR-General Motors Hydramatic transmission. The wheelbase is 337.8 cm, the wheel gauge is 148.6 cm front and 162.6 cm rear, and the length is 528 cm, the width: 183 cm and the height: 178 cm. Own weight is 2,358 kg. The tyres are 6.50 x 17" on 5" rims.

Modern use[edit]

The car is currently used for the royal family's major official events. It is also used to transport distinguished foreign guests to official events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Crown cars". The Danish Monarchy. 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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