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1938 Lagonda V12 Rapide

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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

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  • Ad ID
    227772
  • Ad type
    For sale
  • Category
    Lagonda > V12
  • Year
    1938
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