1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006
Lot 318
1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006
Sold for £98,300 (US$ 154,266) inc. premium

Lot Details
1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer  Chassis no. OH9938 Engine no. 2B1006
1931 Lagonda 2-litre Supercharged Low Chassis Tourer
Registration no. PL 9564
Chassis no. OH9938
Engine no. 2B1006

Footnotes

  • Having established its reputation by winning the Moscow - St Petersburg Reliability Trial of 1910 with a 30hp six, Lagonda concentrated mainly on the production of light cars before reverting to sporting and luxury models in the mid-1920s with the introduction of the 14/60. The latter abandoned the firm's traditional in-unit gearbox in favour of a midships-mounted transmission, but of greater technical interest was the engine. Designed by Arthur Davidson, the 2-litre 'four' featured twin camshafts, mounted high in the block, operating inclined valves in hemispherical combustion chambers. Power output of this advanced design was a highly respectable 60bhp. For the 1929 season, a 'low chassis' Speed Model was introduced, featuring revisions to the frame's front end and a higher-compression engine fitted with twin carburettors. The Speed Model had resulted from the factory's Le Mans effort of 1928, when the 2-Litre driven by Andre D'Erlanger and Douglas Hawkes had finished 11th overall in the 24-Hour endurance classic. A classic example of racing improving the breed, the 'low chassis' 2-litre possessed markedly superior handling characteristics courtesy of its lower centre of gravity.

    For all its virtues, Davidson's engine was limited by its tortuous induction tracts and in 1930 a supercharged version was introduced to overcome this deficiency. The 'blower' was mounted vertically in front of the engine, which was fitted with a stronger crankshaft, while a 3-litre rear axle beefed up the transmission. A Powerplus supercharger was specified at first, but most 'blown' 2-litres came with a Cozette. Thus equipped, a 'low chassis' 2-litre was capable of up to 90mph.

    PL 9564 is well known in Lagonda circles and was first registered on 1st July 1931 in the name of Lagonda Ltd., 1 The Causeway, Staines. Its earliest history is not further recorded but by January 1949 Lagonda Club records show it was in the ownership of their member T D Whately. In 1957 it was acquired by Alan Croucher of Kent who sold it thirteen years later to well-known Lagonda aficionado and one time Lagonda Club Spares Registrar, Capt. Ivan Forshaw. Although the captain planned to restore the car he sold it in July 1971 to RAF flying ace Douglas Marr. Marr's active flying activities with the Red Arrows Team delayed the start of restoration until 1973. That restoration was carried out from the chassis up and finally completed in 1980/1981. The original three-door fabric coachwork was re-covered and reupholstered by Colin Crabbe's respected Antique Automobiles Ltd at Baston. The engine in the car was of the correct type, although non original to this car, and this was sent to Lynx Engineering for restoration. At the same time a replica Cozette supercharger was fitted. In all respects restoration was focused on retaining the original specification of PL 9564, as first registered in July 1931. In 1982 PL 9564 once again changed hands, passing into the ownership of Mr & Mrs T Wakeley of Godalming and during their 17 year ownership work carried out included a front axle overhaul, a replacement prop shaft and re-coring the honeycomb radiator. In more recent years the engine has been extensively rebuilt by Sigma Engineering of Gillingham, Dorest, that work including fitting new pistons, liners and valve guides, a rebore and balanced crankshaft and conrods were also fitted.

    In short here is a car which has been much cherished and had extensive mechanical and cosmetic work carried out by highly respected specialists, while carefully conserving originality. The car has developed a delightful gentle patina, reflecting the most careful ownership. During the present ownership, (since the photographs were taken), new weather equipment to the original pattern has been provided. Cars of such outstanding quality rarely come to the open market and this thoroughbred sports car with the magic of the name Lagonda is offered with a Swansea V5C registration document, current MoT certificate to April 2011 and road fund licence.
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