EXTREMELY UNIQUE 12 CYLINDER LAGONDA Brand Lagonda Type V12 Color Blue Interior Blue Year of build 1939 Price On Request 1939 LAGONDA V12 – Maltby’s must be regarded as one of the more successful coach builder of the thirties – Magnificent 4.5 Litre V12 engine – With a substantial history file – The first English manufactured car fitted with an electrical sof-top “In making an evaluation of the best British cars, the Lagonda V12 certainly must be considered an excellent design and one that contributed to raising the state of the art – not forgetting, of course, that it probably should be considered W.O. Bentley’s masterpiece”. In its own sales literature Lagonda excused the delay in producing the first V12 in the following terms: “….. for a vintage wine may not be hurried to maturity or a new motor car launched precipitately upon the market ….. Figures, which cause even its designers (Mr W.O. Bentley – and others) to pause and marvel are available to show that this new motor is destined to eclipse anything of its type so far produced.” Cutting through all this eulogy and the company’s self-praise, the V12 Lagonda proved to be the finest car built by that company in pre-war years an
Stratton Motor Company are pleased to offer this 1936 Lagonda 4.5l M45 Rapide Tourer. Finished in Black with Red Leather/Hide Leather, Completely restored by Fox & Nicholl to a Le Mans Team Car specification, This excellent recreation of a Le Mans Team car has outstanding attention to detail, The car comes complete with a Full Historic Technical Passport issued by the MSA, Ideal opportunity for someone looking to use the car for competition purposes, Recorded mileage 3961 For further details please contact Roger Bennington on 07836 215560 or Jonathan Potts on 01508 530491.
Registration No: EP 97 Chassis No: 12203/R Engine No: LG45/370R/S3 In 1933 Lagonda announced a new 4½ litre model fitted with an engine built by the Meadows company. This was a robust unit, well tried and used by Invicta in their range of cars and Vickers in tanks. The first Lagonda Tourers were high quality cars and in direct competition with the new Bentleys built by Rolls-Royce. The Lagonda was priced at £ 795 for the complete car. The Bentley chassis alone cost £ 1,100 and even the cheapest Vanden Plas Tourer body would be another £ 240 on top! With its stylish appearance the Lagonda M45 Tourer was the fashionable car to own in 1934 and even Sir Malcolm Campbell had one, pale blue naturally. However these were difficult times for the company and high stock levels and poor sales of smaller cars in the range resulted in Lagonda going into receivership in June 1935. The very same month a 4½ litre Lagonda won the Le Mans 24 hour race. In those days success in motor racing sold cars and with better timing this could have put the business back on its feet but it was all too late. However the company was sold to a consortium led by Alan Good, with Dick Watney as Managing Director and
Registration Number: HPB 438 Chassis No: 14068 Engine No: 14068 There is a romantic fairy tale aura to the Lagonda marque that you couldn’t make up. This quintessentially British company was actually founded by an American who named it after the Shawnee Indian name for the town he grew up in. Wilbur Gunn had a career as an opera singer and sewing machine manufacturer before turning his hand to motorcycles and cars. His business continued after his death but was struggling in the early Thirties. The same month that the company failed a Lagonda won the enormously important 24 Hour race at Le Mans, at that time success on the race track quickly translated into sales in the showrooms. A new and refinanced Lagonda company was formed in 1935 with no lesser figure than W.O. Bentley as Technical Director. He had just been released from his contract with Rolls-Royce where he had not been allowed to design anything but had looked on as they designed and built a V12 engine for their Phantom III. Accordingly it is no surprise that Bentley should want to produce a V12 of his own, better and more powerful than the efforts of the mighty Rolls-Royce. The Lagonda V12 was announced at the 1936 Motor
The Ian Pitney Special is utterly bespoke. In order to understand the mentality behind this creation, you need to understand Pitney Restorations. Started by Ian Pitney's father in 1973 and followed by his son Ian in 2002, Pitney restorations have been creating one-off aluminium panels for pre and post-war motor cars in the same time-honoured traditions. The most immaculate curves and lines seen on the world's most expensive cars start life in workshops such as these. The English wheel, rollers, clamps and hammers are all that's required to turn flat aluminium into the most voluptuous and inspired shapes imaginable. That and, of course, skill and experience and it is precisely this skill and experience that makes an un-prepossessing workshop into an Aladdin's cave of sleeping beauty's awaiting the Pitney treatment. Ian has been creating stunning panels for the great and the good for years, until January, 2013 when, in one of those 'shower moments' when you're not really thinking of anything much, he decided to make something special for himself. Something using styling cues he had bumped into over the years, liked and subconsciously lodged in the old grey matter. The starting point,