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Prince Philip’s Lagonda up for auction

A Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe, first owned by The Duke of Edinburgh, will be offered by H&H its next auction


A rather special 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe, ordered new by HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has come up for auction. H&H Auctions will sell the car, estimated at £350,000-£450,000, on 20 April at the Imperial War Museum.

It’s rare that a Royal car with such provenance comes up for public auction, which is why the estimate is considerably higher than the £160,000 value generally associated with Lagonda 3 Litre DHC models. As the car that won Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd its first Royal Warrant, it was also kitted out with a few interesting optional extras.

The car comes in a bespoke shade of Edinburgh Green with Grey leather interior, as specified when new, and has a power folding hood and floor-change gearbox. Although these were later adopted in later Lagondas, it makes it unique for a Mk1 model.

Perhaps more interesting to historians is the extra vanity mirror, fitted for HM, The Queen to adjust her hat. A radio telephone was also installed in the car, meaning the Duke of Edinburgh was given his own radio frequency by The Admiralty. Although the radio system has been removed, the dashboard switch and aerial remains in the car.

The car’s leather interior remains in largely original condition, while the bodywork was repainted in the correct original colour back in 1990. More recently the car has undergone an engine reconditioning and rear axle rebuild, at which point an overdrive was fitted.

Damian Jones, H&H Sales Manager, commented: ‘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.’

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