Prince Philip’s Cowdray polo Lagonda goes under the hammer

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ONCE a familiar sight on the streets of Midhurst and Easebourne the Lagonda 3-litre drophead coupe, built to the special order of The Duke of Edinburgh, is about to go under the hammer.

It is believed to be the only one of Prince Philip’s cars to be sold and the estimate of £350,000 to £450,000 is arguably some four times what an ordinary Lagonda would fetch.

It was built in 1954 and driven by him until 1961 including regular drips to Cowdray Park to play polo.

With 50,000 miles on the clock from new and repainted in its original special order Edinbugh Green it comes up for sale with H&H Classics on April 20 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, in Cambridgeshire.

Prince Philip took the Lagonda on a tour of The Commonwealth in 1956-1957 and there are many photos of it at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

The car has its original leather upholstery, extra vanity mirrors (specially fitted for the Queen to check her hat) and a radio telephone.

While in Prince Philip’s ownership the car had round the clock support from Aston Martin and Dunlop sent a set of tyres to all its Australasian distributors for the 1956 Olympics tour.

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