Nice car, shame about the missing tax disc: £300,000 Rolls Royce towed away in Knightsbridge

A white Rolls Royce Phantom was unceremoniously towed away in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge area – because it reportedly had no tax disc or insurance.

Quite why the owner skimped on these is a mystery. It can’t have been the cost, as Phantoms sell for around £300,000 and therefore modes of transport enjoyed by the very wealthy.

Whatever the reason, the owner will have learnt an important lesson – that being super rich doesn’t put you above the law.

Taxing situation: The white luxury Rolls Royce was spotted without a tax disc today so officials decide to tow it away

Taxing situation: The white luxury Rolls Royce was spotted without a tax disc today so officials decide to tow it away

The Phantom is regarded as one of the best cars on the planet and there are many luxuries that the owner will be deprived of until he or she sorts out the missing paper work.

The weather is pretty inclement at the moment, so he or she will definitely be missing the Teflon-coated umbrellas that are thoughtfully stowed away inside the car’s doors.

Should one of these doors still be open when the car sets off, the brakes are automatically applied until it has been slowed to a walking speed.

Up, up and away: The £300,000 motor is hoisted into the air

Up, up and away: The £300,000 motor is hoisted into the air

It’s also certain that the owner will be pining for the 26-speaker sound system, electronic heated leather seats and in-car refrigerator (which will no doubt house a celebratory bottle of champagne after the car is released).

The Top Gear Car of the Year for 2003 also boasts heated and cooled cup holders and a button that powers shut the boot.

Because these are such iconic vehicles, thieves have been known to target the Spirit of Ecstasy ornaments that decorate the bonnets. The staff at the Rolls Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, install a button that retracts it in seconds to prevent this.

Sadly, there’s no button to magic a tax disc on to the windshield.

No mercy: The hand-made Phantom is lowered onto the lorry

No mercy: The hand-made Phantom is lowered onto the lorry

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