Heralding the new Lagonda in September 1932, The Autocar wrote: Silence and smoothness of running have been combined with performance in the new 16/80 Lagonda to an extent not hitherto achieved in any of these very fine cars .. The new machine is a delight on the open road for its acceleration, its road-holding and cornering ..
The new model catered for the contemporary fashion for six-cylinder engines and the selected proprietary engine was a Crossley unit of 1,991cc with pushrod-operated overhead valves. The engine was mounted in Lagondas Continental 2-litre chassis, each engine being fully stripped and checked by Lagonda in their own workshops before issuing Lagondas own nine year guarantee. A positive right-hand gear-change and central accelerator contributed to the models charm and, although the chassis had that most desirable vintage feel, it nevertheless offered up-to-the-minute driving and handling characteristics.
ALO 918 was first registered in London in September 1933 and the old style green log book with the car suggests it probably remained in the Capital until the mid-1960s, passing then through a succession of enthusiast owners until acquired by the vendor some 35 years ago. During this ownership, as part of a small museum collection, the car has been used only sparingly but old MoT records suggest that from the 1980s onwards it was maintained regularly in MoT status. The car has that delightful gentle patina which the restorer cannot successfully recreate and is presented in British Racing Green livery with pleated green upholstery. The chrome headlamps are protected by stone guards and twin Lucas horns and a centre spotlight are fitted, while Lagonda sporting pedigree is confirmed by the quick release water and fuel fillers. ALO comes complete with full weather equipment and tonneau cover and, on demonstration prior to cataloguing, drove well. The vendor reports that in recent years the carburettors and petrol pump have been overhauled. It is currently MoT tested to October 2007, road licenced and comes with a Swansea V5C registration document, old green log book and a quantity of old MoT certificates confirming its activity over the last 25 or so years.