Tuesday, January 3, 2023

A royal Lagonda

Aston Martin Lagonda originally owned by Prince Philip for sale


HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – AKA ‘Phil The Greek’ – purchased a 3-litre Aston Martin Lagonda drophead coupé new in 1954 and owned it until 1961. That car is now set to be auctioned with a punchy estimate of £350,000 to £400,000 – three to four times the price of a similar car without such a pedigree.


A royal Lagonda – Ex- HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1954 3-litre Aston Martin Lagonda drophead coupé to be auctioned, 20th April 2016, £350,000 to £400,000, H&H Classics, Imperial War Museum Duxford
A royal Lagonda – The Aston Martin Lagonda drophead coupé that Prince Philip owned between 1954 and 1961
A royal Lagonda – Ex- HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1954 3-litre Aston Martin Lagonda drophead coupé to be auctioned, 20th April 2016, £350,000 to £400,000, H&H Classics, Imperial War Museum Duxford
A royal Lagonda – Prince Philip getting into the car
A royal Lagonda – Ex- HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1954 3-litre Aston Martin Lagonda drophead coupé to be auctioned, 20th April 2016, £350,000 to £400,000, H&H Classics, Imperial War Museum Duxford
A royal Lagonda – The car was kept aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia during Prince Philip’s Tour of the Commonwealth during 1956 and 1957


Driven extensively by Queen Elizabeth II’s husband during his possession, the car was built to the personal specification of Prince Philip and delivered in Edinburgh Green livery with grey leather upholstery. It was fitted with non-standard extras such as a power hood and a floor-change gearbox and even came with an extra vanity mirror for The Queen supposedly to use when adjusting her hat. Other additions numbered a “pioneering” radio telephone that Prince Philip allegedly made prank phonecalls to his children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, on and as well as being the vehicle the royals used when they opened the M1 motorway, the car toured the Commonwealth with the couple during 1956 and 1957 during which time it was kept aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.


Restored in recent years, the Lagonda was reunited with Prince Philip at an event in 1999 and is a rare example of a car that he has owned that has passed into private ownership. It will be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale on 20th April 2016.




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    1. I wouldn’t be able to drive it without chuckling at all the wonderfully un-PC comments dear old Phil will have made upon arriving in it to various events!

    2. That is very funny. Yes, one can picture Phil at that famous pub on Hogs Back which in the ’50’s was so popular with the gin and Jag set. Lots of houndstooth suits, suede shoes and well cultivated moustaches and braying voices. Often they would have their own pewter tankard behind the bar. Makes me rather nostalgic for a lost England.


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