Prince Philip's 1954 Lagonda went up for auction on April 20th at the H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The car has been offered a place in the Concours d'Elegance at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, June 26th which forms part of the series of events celebrating the 90th birthday of of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
The 90 British cars representing each year of her majesty's life will be inspected at the palace by Prince Michael of Kent on June 26. The car that won Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd its first Royal Warrant, the magnificent 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe was built to the special order of HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Finished in a bespoke shade of Edinburgh Green matched to grey leather upholstery, the luxurious four-seater Convertible was 1 of just 20 MK1 cars made and used by The Duke of Edinburgh for personal transport up until 1961. A regular at the Thursday Club where fellow members comprised the likes of Baron Nahum, David Niven, Peter Ustinov and Francis Bacon, Prince Philip drove the Lagonda to Cowdray Park for polo matches and Cheam prep school to drop off Prince Charles.
Prince Philip took the Lagonda on a tour of The Commonwealth in 1956-1957 and so there are numerous photos of it at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and elsewhere. The 3-Litre is also featured in several Pathe News films and countless newspapers and magazines from the period.
About H&H Classics Ltd
H&H was founded by Simon Hope in 1993 as a specialist auction house dedicated solely to the sale of collectors' motorcars and motorcycles. Some twenty-two years later, the company can boast a continuous trading history which exceeds that of most UK rivals. The company is staffed by hands-on enthusiasts with over 600 years combined experience, and its specialist valuers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. H&H has had the pleasure of handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners through to 1990s Formula 1 cars, not to mention a variety of iconic motorcycles and holds a considerable number of World Record auction prices.
With the head office near Warrington, Cheshire, an office in Hindhead, Surrey and specialists based throughout the country, H&H holds regular sales at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, Donington Park in Derbyshire and Chateau Impney in the West Midlands. H&H Classics Ltd, The Motor House, Lyncastle Road, Appleton, Warrington, WA4 4SN. Company Number: 02852199.
H&H Classics Limited
The Motor House
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