Prince Charles Modified His Aston Martin to Run on Wine and Cheese

A vintage car with a healthy appetite

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Prince Charles (right) at Windsor for a polo match, UK, 13th June 1971.
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When Prince Charles turned 21, his mother gave him an Aston Martin. He continues to drive it today, and it looks about as well-maintained as you might imagine a future king’s prize vehicle would. But it turns out that the work done on this car weren’t just about preserving it in the condition in which it was originally made. No, there have been some ecologically-friendly changes to the car — which, it transpires, has an appetite for the finer things in life.

The car in question is a blue 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante. In a recent interview with the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt, Prince Charles mentioned the specifics of its modifications — namely, that it now used waste products as its fuel.

“It runs on — can you believe this — surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process,” he told Rowlatt. This is perhaps the only time when something used to fuel a car could legitimately be said to sound delicious.

As Insider noted in their report on the modified Aston Martin, these alterations have been something that Prince Charles has been working on implementing for a while now. Last year, he reached an impasse with Aston Martin’s engineers, one which seems to have been overcome since then. “[N]ow they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol,” he said. Could wine and whey be the gasoline alternative we didn’t know we needed? Now, it’s oddly plausible.

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