• Report: #1072534

Complaint Review: VOLO Auto Museum

  • Submitted: Fri, August 02, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, September 21, 2013

  • Reported By: B4Real — Los Angeles California
VOLO Auto Museum
27582 Volo Village Rd Volo, Illinois USA

VOLO Auto Museum Charles and Diana's 1979 Silver Rolls Royce that was auctioned by Volo may not be the actual car! Volo Illinois

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: False Claim

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Volo Auto Museum auctioned a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II purported to be formerly owned by the US Embassy and the car used by Prince Charles and Diana on their visit to the White House in November 1985. 

The Rolls Royce was advertised all over the internet as the the actual Silver Rolls Royce with red interior that Charles and Diana rode in.  Many photos of the silver vehicle with the Royal flag mounted on the right fender where splashed all over websites related to Volo and the Royal couple.

The vehicle was reported to have sold for $122,000.00 at the auction in 2012.  Part or all of the proceeds where to go to one of Diana's favorite charties.  I am not sure who the successful bidder was at the auction.  However, Global Luxury Imports in Burr Ridge, IL. may have been the purchaser and now is advertising the vehicle in the same way referring to it as the Royal couples car they used in their 1985 White house visit.

The clincher to this story is that research has shown that a vehicle with the same VIN number was sold on ebay May 31, 2011,  The vehicle was a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II with red interior, but it was not silver, it was black.  Also, we find that the purchaser of this vehicle just happened to be Volo Auto Museum at a purchase price of $15, 650.00!!

Now this vehicle shows up in silver, with the black Everflex roof now silver/gray.  It is not a mistake that these vehicles share the same VIN number..because they are the same car.  It is not the silver Royal car used in the Royals visit.

I have emailed Volo Auto Museum for clarification about this vehicle but to date no reply.  I have also been in email contact with a rep at Global Luxury Imports but he has danced around my questions and now has stiopped emailing me.

What can I do next to prevent an unsuspecting buyer from buying this fraudulent vehicle from Global Luxury Imports?  the vehicle is priced at approximately $124,000.00 right now.  Without the Royal connection this car would be worth approximately $25, 000.00

I have the documents to support the claims I have made here.


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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

False Claim

AUTHOR: Volo Auto Museum - ()

The car that this man is claiming to be a fake, is not a fake.  He saw this car on eBay (where we purchased it) and because it was black at the time we purchased it and not silver, it must be a fake. It couldn't be a repaint.

In regaurds to the car, it has substantial documentation from the British Embassy, Rolls Royce, title copies and DMV records.  All hard, undisputable records that cannot be faked and can be confirmed.  All of these documentations list the cars VIN number on it.  The accuser had not seen any of these documents, just as he has never seen the car.

This car was custom orderd and custom built with armor plating, bullet proof glass and other details specifically for its Royal Use.  It was a 3 year, $300k process to armor plate this car and do the needed modifications. (we also have the records for this)  At the time the car was ordered, there was no regulation about the color.  In later years, the embassy made it mandatory for all embassy cars to be black.  For security reasons, this made them a harder target.  This car was repainted, by the embassy from silver to black to meet the security requirments. 

If anyone has any knowledge about cars, they would know that cars come equipped from the factory with a trim plate that designates information about the car, including paint color.  The trim tag on this car reflects that it was originally silver.  We had the car repainted back to its factory color, putting it back into the origional condition that it was in when used by the Royal couple.  The black paint that was on the car was low quality, with evidence of the original silver paint job still visable throughout. 

Does a paint job alter the cars history?  Is it abnormal for a 39 year old car to have been repainted?  The car was sold for exactly what it was.  The actual car used by Diana and Charles during her first US visit.  We never claimed it to have the origional paint, we actually bragged about the new, high quality paint job that cost over $15,000 to have done. 

The person making this claim is uneducated about this car and made a conclusion without ever seeing the car or its documentation.  He bases his entire case on the fact that the car was once repainted black.  It would have more than a paint job to reproduce this car and the costs to armor plate it, put in bullet proof glass alone would exceed any exprected value this car could have gained.  I am just hoping that this man is not a police officer or detective because he does not know how to gather the facts before making an assumption. 

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