1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4
Lot 376
1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica
Registration no. JM 2624 Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4
Sold for £180,700 (US$ 280,734) inc. premium

Lot Details
1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4 1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica  Chassis no. 12084 Engine no. LG6 486 S4
1936 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica
Registration no. JM 2624
Chassis no. 12084
Engine no. LG6 486 S4

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. This four-cylinder, 2-litre model was joined in 1929 by the first of Lagonda's own sixes - the 3-Litre - but by the mid-1930s the Meadows-engined cars were seen as the way forward. Introduced at the 1933 Olympia Show and based on the preceding ZM 3-Litre model, the M45 deployed Meadows' 4½-litre, twin-plug six to good effect, saloons being capable of reaching 90mph and tourers the 'ton' under favourable conditions.

    A team of three specially prepared short-chassis cars (effectively the soon-to-be-announced M45 Rapide) prepared by Lagonda main agents Fox & Nicholl performed creditably at the 1934 RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards, and the following year one of these TT cars driven by John Hindmarsh and Luis Fontes won the Le Mans 24-Hour endurance classic outright.

    Shortly before its 1935 Le Mans win, Lagonda had gone into liquidation and passed to new owners. In September 1935 they were able to announce the LG45. A new model, building upon the successful Le Mans win, the old M45 and M45R models and the new owners' enthusiasm, it was a much more sober vehicle offered in saloon, tourer and drophead coupé variants. Deliveries commenced in the spring of 1936.

    Under W O Bentley's technical direction the big Lagonda became more refined: the LG45 gaining synchromesh gears, flexible engine mounts and centralised chassis lubrication among many other improvements. Endowed with such an impeccable pedigree, the 4½-Litre Lagonda quickly established itself as a favourite among the wealthy sporting motorists of its day.

    Lagonda's new owners were keen to build on the racing successes and commissioned Fox & Nicholl to produce cars for the '36 Le Mans. Two four-seaters were built on the new LG45 10ft 9in chassis: registered as 'EPB 101' (chassis number '12108') and 'EPB 102' ('12109'). Additionally a couple of two-seater cars were built: 'HLL 534' ('12100') and 'EPE 97' ('12111'). All four cars raced during 1936 but Le Mans was cancelled due to industrial action, the only occasion the race has not run in peacetime. The new Lagonda management was understandably disappointed and both four-seater cars were broken up in late 1936, leaving the two two-seaters to continue to the present day representing this great era of Lagonda racing history. Before it was broken up, one of the four-seaters was driven in the Tourist Trophy Race on the Ards Circuit by Pat Fairfield where it finished 4th. This replica is a detailed reconstruction by Lagonda specialists BishopGray of one of these cars.

    Chassis number '12084' was first registered as 'JM 2624' on 26th May 1933. Lagonda Club records pick up its history immediately after the war when the car was owned by one G J Burns, Sergeants' Mess, RAF Leuchars, Scotland. Copies of factory records on file record the owner in 1936 as a Mr Headley, while two further owners are recorded in the late 1940s, both in Scotland. Six further owners are identified in accompanying Club correspondence, one of whom, A W Troman of Birmingham, removed the original saloon body, which was beyond repair, and set about restoring the car, though he later gave up. After a period in Holland, '12084' returned to the UK and the stewardship of the current owner, who purchased it in 2007 as a rolling chassis without an engine and gearbox. A Sanction 4 LG6 engine was then acquired with a Sanction 1 cylinder head. A G9 gearbox was sourced and subsequently overhauled in 2008. By 2009 the engine had been totally rebuilt. Meanwhile the rolling chassis was shortened to 10' 3" and a replica four-seater body built by K Roach Manufacturing. The body was painted in two-pack 'Fox & Nicholl Red' and then trimmed by G H Wright of Newport Pagnell.

    This replica has been built to the highest standards based on previous experience gained in building a sister car, which has raced successfully during the last six seasons and was the first Lagonda to finish the Le Mans Classic 2014. Every item in this reconstruction is either new or fully reconditioned. The bodywork has been built to the original specification, construction and styling with the original dashboard layout and controls. The 10' 3" wheelbase Rapide-specification chassis has rebuilt suspension and new Hartford-type shock absorbers at the rear with Luvax dampers outboard at the front. The Girling braking system has been overhauled and the front axle, steering box and steering components have all been crack-tested and rebuilt. A reconditioned 16-gallon fuel tank is fitted.

    The 4½-litre Sanction 4 Lagonda Meadows engine has been completely rebuilt with racing specification white-metal bearings, crack tested and balanced crankshaft, and a modern crankshaft damper. It has new steel con-rods and modern pistons, raising the compression ratio to 8.5:1. A performance/fast road camshaft is fitted together with twin HV5 SU carburettors, new twin magnetos, modern oil filter conversion, new water pump and a modern Borg & Beck clutch. The gearbox is a rebuilt Lagonda G9 gearbox with synchromesh on third and top gears. The back axle has a new, Le Mans ratio 3.1:1 crown wheel and pinion, and rebuilt and crack-tested half shafts, wheel hubs and splines. All wheels are new and shod with Blockley tyres. The car has been issued with an MSA Historic Technical Passport, making it eligible to compete in a wide range of races for historic cars both at home and abroad. The Lagonda is now ready to be run in and raced or used as a fast, exciting but tractable road car.

    'JM 2624' was finished in 2010 following Richard Reay-Smith's involvement in its running in and development. Richard is the Lagonda Club's Competition Secretary and owner of the sister car to this one, which he has been successfully campaigning for the last six years. By the end of 2012, 'JM 2624' had covered only 1,200 miles and is now being offered for sale in 2014 with 2,000 miles recorded and in fully serviced condition. This wonderful re-creation of a historic pre-war Lagonda Le Mans Team Car is offered with the aforementioned paperwork, current MoT/tax and V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car is exempt from needing an MOT and as such a current MOT is not included with this Lot.
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