Believed circa 12,100 miles from new,1941 Lagonda V12 Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 16046 Engine no. 16046
Lot 349
Believed circa 12,100 miles from new,1941 Lagonda V12 Sedanca de Ville Chassis no. 16046 Engine no. 16046
Sold for £32,200 (US$ 53,429) inc. premium
Lot Details
Believed circa 12,100 miles from new
1941 Lagonda V12 Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly

Registration no. JPH 575
Chassis no. 16046
Engine no. 16046


  • 'In making an evaluation of the better 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.' - Road & Track, October 1978.

    A quite remarkable piece of automotive engineering, the W O Bentley-designed Lagonda V12 was one of the outstanding British models of its day and one of the exclusive handful of 1930s road cars that could exceed 100mph in standard tune. Not only that, but the magnificent, 4.5-litre, V12 engine produced sufficient torque to endow the car with a walking-pace-to-maximum capability in top gear.

    First seen in 1936, the Lagonda V12 did not commence deliveries until 1938 and only 189 had been built before the coming of WW2 ended production. The advanced chassis employed double-wishbone independent front suspension and was available with a varied choice of coachwork, including limousine. As usual, the short-chassis Rapide roadster provided even more performance.

    An imposing sight from any angle, 'JPH 575' wears sedanca de ville coachwork by the respected London-based firm of Thrupp & Maberly, a concern noted for a succession of coachbuilding innovations during the 1920s and 1930s. Thrupp & Maberly could trace its origins back to the 18th Century and was responsible for some of the earliest motor car bodies built in England. It became part of the Rootes Group in 1925 but continued to build bodies for Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Humber chassis.

    Erected on the medium (11' 0" wheelbase) chassis, 'JPH 575' was first registered by Lagonda Motors on 13th March 1941, passing immediately to the first owners, Jack Olding & Co Ltd whose business during the Second World War was the modification of tanks and tractors. Thereafter it passed into the hands of dealers Jack Barclay Ltd before moving on to another member of the trade, Warwick Wright Ltd of 150 New Bond Street, London. The next entry in the logbook is almost a year later when the Lagonda moved to what is believed to be another trade owner, Frank Cowley of Deansgate, Manchester.

    Soon after, in May 1947, the V12 found a permanent home with Margaret Walker of Accrington. It was here that the car caught the attention if its late owner, who worked for the same company and was able to purchase 'JPH 575' from his senior colleague in June 1969, keeping it until his recent death. Entries in the original logbook suggest that the Lagonda has had only three private owners from new, with the rest being members of the motor trade.

    The odometer reading of circa 12,100 miles is believed to be correct, although there is no direct documentary evidence for the figure. After purchase by the late owner, 'JPH 575' seems to have enjoyed only limited use for a few years before being laid up (possibly around 1972). In 1984, in order to use the Lagonda for a family wedding, the owner decided to re-commission the car and it was passed to a local specialist for the required work, which cost over £8,000 (invoices on file). Items receiving attention included the water pump, one cylinder head, exhaust system and brakes, while the fuel tank was renewed and windscreen washers installed to meet MoT requirements. The car successfully completed not only this first family wedding but also a further two, and remained in limited use until 2000 when it was again laid up in dry storage.

    The 1984 re-commissioning also included refinishing a small area of paintwork, while in 1988 the front seat squabs were re-covered and the windscreen replaced (bills on file). The aforementioned work apart, this magnificent Lagonda V12 remains in remarkably original condition.
    Accompanying documentation comprises the aforementioned original logbook, 12 old tax discs, sundry invoices, miscellaneous paperwork and Swansea V5C registration document. 'JPH 575' is presently on SORN and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.

Saleroom notices

  • According to information supplied by the vendor this vehicle was run approximately 2 months ago with no faults reported.
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