Car Hire

Hotel Regatta is proud to offer for hire a 1955 Citroën Traction Avant, purchased directly from the Prince of Monaco.

The car was first owned in 1955 by Prince Rainer III, the same year that he met famous actress and Oscar winner Grace Kelly, whom he later married. This stunning glimpse of the past is available for use at weddings and celebrations, and for automobile enthusiasts who would like to take it for a spin.

Please enquire for availability and pricing.

Grace Kelly & Prince Rainer III

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In 1955, Grace Kelly was the darling of Hollywood and America. Covering magazines across the world, sought after by leading directors including Alfred Hitchcock, and the idol of boys and girls alike during Television’s Golden Age; there were few who could compete with her stardom.

Soon after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Country Girl, Grace travelled to the Cannes Film Festival to lead the American delegation. It was here she received an invitation from the Palace of Monaco to a photo session with Prince Rainer III. The Prince had long been speculated to be seeking a wife but no lady had caught his eye, as without an heir Monaco would revert to France. That all changed. 

Fuelled by romance, Rainer embarked later that year on a tour of America, where he saw Kelly again and met her family. Three days later he proposed, setting a wedding date for April the following year; 1 year since they met. Upon arriving in Monaco, a crowd of 20,000 gathered to welcome the future princess consort.

The Citroen Traction was bought by Rainer in the same year, it is a truly rare link to this famous romance which captivated audiences around the world. It was a proud part of his collection and used frequently.

The Car: 1955 Citroën Traction Avant 11C Commerciale

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Andre Citroën pioneered front wheel drive cars in Europe with the Traction Avant range, beginning in 1934. The range was very successful thanks to superior driving dynamics when compared to conventional 1930 sedans, good economy and reliable performance. The model at the hotel was launched in 1955 and has the 11D engine.

The car was part of the Prince’s collection from 1955 until 2005, when it was inherited by Prince Albert II. It was fortunate to undergo an extensive restoration by the Palace of Monaco in the 1980’s, where no expense was spared, owing to the Prince’s passion for the Traction Avant range. The interior of the car is in top condition, with a perfectly taut headliner and flawless seats.