1953 Lagonda DB Drophead  Chassis no. LAG/50/461 Engine no. VB6A/50/483
Lot 202
1953 Lagonda 3-Litre Drophead Chassis no. LAG/50/461 Engine no. VB6A/50/483
Sold for £77,660 (US$ 130,532) inc. premium
Lot Details
1953 Lagonda 3-Litre Drophead
Coachwork by Tickford

Registration no. OLY 13
Chassis no. LAG/50/461
Engine no. VB6A/50/483


  • The David Brown organisation's take-over of Lagonda in 1947 allowed production of the latter's W O Bentley-designed all-new model to commence the following year, and at the same time made Lagonda's 2.6-litre twin-cam 'six' available for the new Aston Martins. An advanced design employing a cruciform-braced chassis with independent suspension all round, the Lagonda was available as a saloon or drophead coupé, both with coachbuilt bodies. The interior with its leather upholstery, plentiful walnut and quality fittings stood comparison with that of the very best in the luxury car class. A Mark 2 version arrived in the autumn of 1952 boasting revisions to body and interior, as well as a Jackall self-jacking system.
    Coachbuilders Tickford of Newport Pagnell had begun to play an increasingly important role as body suppliers during manufacture of the 2.6-Litre, and when the new 3-Litre model was announced in 1953 assumed sole responsibility for the bodies of the two models offered initially - a two-door saloon and drophead coupé - and the four-door saloon that followed. The newly enlarged engine now produced 140bhp, an output good enough for a top speed in excess of 100mph despite the gain in weight over the '2.6'. In October 1955 a revised Mark 2 model was introduced and the range reduced to the four-door saloon only after a handful of Mark 2 dropheads had been completed.
    Chassis number 'LAG/50/461' belongs to the final batch of 23 2.6-Litre chassis completed by the factory with 3.0-litre engines, although that currently fitted is not the original. It is understood that this particular chassis is one of 16 supplied to the Brooklands Motor Company, which commissioned bodies from Tickford. The accompanying old-style Swansea V5 document records only one owner since November 1983, Martin John Tucker of Burford, Oxfordshire. The current vendor purchased the Lagonda from Aston Service Dorset in September 1997. Dismantled at that time, 'OGY 13' began a journey of restoration that led to it returning to the road in June 2007. The ten-year project involved the services of many specialists including Rod Jolley Coachbuilding for the bodywork and various engine companies under the supervision of Tony Christie, the well-known Aston expert, in close co-operation with the owner. Similar care and attention was paid to other areas and parts. Rolls-Royce Silver Grey was chosen for the paintwork and the result justifies this decision.
    A beautiful Lagonda drophead that typifies the marque and attracts much positive comment, 'OGY 13' has covered only some 1,000-or-so miles since restoration and remains in commensurately good condition. Its owner is selling his Lagonda only for reasons of age and domestic circumstances; parting with it will be a wrench. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document. Ideal for attending period-themed events such as the Goodwood Revival meeting, this rare coachbuilt soft-top would grace any collection of fine motor cars.

Saleroom notices

  • By 1953 AML were unable to sell the 2.6 and the main London Distributor, Brooklands of Bond Street bought the last 16 Mark II 2.6 litre chassis and sent them to Tickfords, then a separate company, for them to put on more modern bodies. LAG 50/461 was the first of these. When AML saw that Brooklands had been successful in selling the revised body design, they adopted it for what was to become the 3 litre. The extra engine power was needed because this Tickford body was heavier than the Lagonda one and they could not have a revised car slower than its predecessor. LAG 50/461 has had three engines according to our records: the original 2.6 litre LB6G/50/542, followed by a 3 litre VB6J/68 and then another 2.6, LB6A/50/483. Please note the registration number for this car is OGY 13.
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