Edward VIII's Buick sold in Oxford for £60,000

  • 2 March 2013
  • From the section Oxford
McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer
Image caption The car was shipped by train from region to region during the prince's tour of Canada

A car that once belonged to Edward, Prince of Wales has been sold at auction in Oxford for nearly £60,000.

The McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer, one of only two built, went under the hammer at Bonhams collectors' motor cars auction.

The prince, who later became King Edward VIII before abdicating to marry American Wallis Simpson, used the car on the royal tour of Canada in 1927.

The car was sold as part of a collection of Buicks.

Edward, who was king for less than a year, gave up the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

He died of throat cancer on 28 May 1972 in Paris, and was buried near Windsor.

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