Photo credit: H&H Classics
A 1954 Aston Martin Lagonda that belonged to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be sold at public auction on April the 20th 2016 at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire. This long-bodied drophead, finished in Edinburgh Green, was the car that won Aston Martin its first Royal warrant.
It was one of only twenty MKI cars made and used by the Prince for personal transport. Under the long bonnet sits a 3.0-litre engine that has seen around 50,000 miles. Given its history, the Lagonda has been estimated between £350,000 and £450,000, about three to four times what a regular Lagonda of the same age would be worth.
Inside the drophead we find four seats covered in luxurious leather, which could be protected from the British weather in timely manner thanks to a custom electronic-powered hood. A radio telephone was also installed as well as a floor-change gearbox and an extra vanity mirror. The only thing remaining from the telephone system however is the switch on the dashboard, although the mirror is still firmly in place.
Damian Jones, H&H Sales Manager, comments: "This car is part of our history. The accompanying paperwork beggars' belief. There is an amusing story about Prince Phillip driving Her Majesty through London in this car and being held up by a policeman on point duty directing traffic.
"When the policeman saw who was in the Lagonda he did a double take and swiftly waved them on."