Prince’s Lagonda DHC for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A 1954 As­ton Martin Lagonda 3-Litre Drop­head Coupé built to the spe­cial or­der of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh is to be of­fered for sale on 20 April.

H&H is of­fer­ing the car that won As­ton Martin Lagonda its first Royal War­rant at its sale at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Dux­ford, Cam­bridgeshire.

It car­ries an es­ti­mate of £350,000450,000, three to four times that usu­ally ex­pected for a Lagonda 3-Litre DHC with­out the Royal con­nec­tion. As a fur­ther plus, it has only cov­ered 50,000 miles from new and in­cludes sev­eral spe­cial fea­tures among them a van­ity mir­ror for use by HM The Queen.

Prince Philip spec­i­fied Ed­in­burgh Green paint­work matched to grey leather up­hol­stery for the MkI four-seater con­vert­ible, which he used un­til 1961.

It went on a Com­mon­wealth tour in 1956-1957 and ap­peared in news­reel films and pub­li­ca­tions of the pe­riod. Closer to home, it is also the car from which he and The Queen opened the M1 mo­tor­way in 1959.

As­ton Martin Lagonda sent staff to work on the car on a some­times weekly ba­sis dur­ing The Duke’s seven-year own­er­ship and ar­ranged for it to be equally well looked af­ter when abroad.

‘This car is part of our his­tory. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing pa­per­work beg­gars be­lief,’ says Damian Jones, H&H sales man­ager. ‘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.’

Part of a pri­vate col­lec­tion for 40 years, it was re­united with Prince Philip at a Royal Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers (REME) event in 1999.


The Lagonda on of­fi­cial duty in the late 1950s.

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