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Stunning 6-litre Aston Martin convertible that once belonged to Prince Charles on sale

Prince of wheels! Stunning 6-litre Aston Martin convertible that once belonged to Prince Charles and can reach speeds of 175mph goes on sale for an eye-watering £275,000

  • The 1994 Virage Volante was leased to the Prince of Wales by the British Marquee until he returned it in 2008
  • Its V8 engine was upgraded from 5.2 litres to a huge 6.3 litre at Charles’ request, reaching speeds of 175mph
  • The car, which spent nearly 15 years with the Prince, has now emerged for sale for an eye-watering £275,000

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An Aston Martin convertible that once belonged to Prince Charles has emerged for sale for an eye-watering £275,000.

The 1994 Virage Volante was leased to the Prince of Wales for nearly 15 years by the famous British Marque until 2008 when he returned the motor.

Its V8 engine was upgraded from 5.2 litres to a huge 6.3 litre at Charles’ request, propelling it to speeds of 175mph.

It also had to be fitted with a police radio for security reasons. This has since been removed.

An Aston Martin convertible (pictured being driven by the Prince of Wales) which once belonged to Prince Charles has emerged for sale at auction for £275,000

The 1994 Virage Volante was leased to the Prince of Wales for nearly 15 years by the famous British marque until 2008 when he returned the motor (Pictured: Prince Charles with the motor at Guards Polo, Windsor Great Park)

The 1994 Virage Volante was leased to the Prince of Wales for nearly 15 years by the famous British marque until 2008 when he returned the motor (Pictured: Prince Charles with the motor at Guards Polo, Windsor Great Park)

But it still has a second rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed container in the centre armrest that was said to hold sugar cubes for feeding polo ponies.

After nearly 15 years with the future King the car went on display at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

Aston have long enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen’s oldest son and also transformed his famous DB6 convertible to run on bio-ethanol fuel.

His former Virage has been with its current vendor since 2012 but he has now decided the time is right to part with it.

The car's V8 engine was upgraded from 5.2 litres to a huge 6.3 litre at the Prince's request, propelling it to speeds of 175mph

The car’s V8 engine was upgraded from 5.2 litres to a huge 6.3 litre at the Prince’s request, propelling it to speeds of 175mph

The vehicle features a second rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed container in the centre armrest that was said to hold sugar cubes for feeding polo ponies

The vehicle features a second rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed container in the centre armrest that was said to hold sugar cubes for feeding polo ponies

It is to go under the hammer with auctioneers Bonhams who are expecting a huge amount of interest in the vehicl

It is to go under the hammer with auctioneers Bonhams who are expecting a huge amount of interest in the vehicl

It is to go under the hammer with auctioneers Bonhams who expect a huge amount of interest in the vehicle.

The stylish two-door motor has a classical British racing green body, a green folding roof and pristine chrome door handles.

Inside is a cream leather interior with a polished wood dashboard and trim. It has only covered 34,000 miles on the clock.

A spokesman for Bonhams said: ‘This was owned from new by Aston Martin Lagonda and used by HRH the Prince of Wales until around 2008.

Inside the Aston Martin is a cream leather interior with a polished wood dashboard and trim. It has only covered 34,000 miles on the clock

Inside the Aston Martin is a cream leather interior with a polished wood dashboard and trim. It has only covered 34,000 miles on the clock

The stylish two-door motor has a classical British racing green body, a green folding roof and pristine chrome door handles

The stylish two-door motor has a classical British racing green body, a green folding roof and pristine chrome door handles

‘It was converted to 6.3 litre specification by Aston Martin works service with other bespoke features including a police radio, a second rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed container in the centre armrest for the polo ponies’ sugar cubes.

‘The car was later displayed for around five years at Aston Martin’s Headquarters.

‘With its unique specification and former Royal patronage, this beautiful Virage Volante is a ‘must have’ for the serious Aston Martin collector.’

The sale of the Aston Martin is due to take place on December 7.

Aston have long enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen's oldest son and also transformed his famous DB6 convertible to run on bio-ethanol fuel

Aston have long enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen’s oldest son and also transformed his famous DB6 convertible to run on bio-ethanol fuel

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