1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068
Lot 381
1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer
Registration no. J 47385 (Jersey) Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068
Sold for £64,220 (US$ 104,869) inc. premium

Lot Details
1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer  Chassis no. OH10067 Engine no. 2B 1068
1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis T3 Tourer
Registration no. J 47385 (Jersey)
Chassis no. OH10067
Engine no. 2B 1068

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 supercharged 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.
    For the 1931 season a deeper radiator was fitted for better cooling at sustained high speeds but the most obvious change was the up-to-the-minute styling of the T3 coachwork. The spare wheel was moved to the off-side front wing while the rear of the car was remodelled to incorporate a luggage boot with drop-down lid, thus furthering enhancing the 2-Litre's qualities as a superior sporting tourer.

    Originally a supercharged model, chassis number 'OH10067' comes with an extract from its Lagonda Club record listing eight owners from circa 1950, the last of whom, Bill Anderson, sold the car to the current vendor in 2007. It is recorded that the car had two engines when Mr Anderson acquired it in 1975, and that he used parts from both. There is also some speculation about the origins of the apparently non-standard body. However, Lagonda Club Vice President, Registrar and Archivist, Arnold Davey has confirmed to Bonhams that this car's body is definitely a T3, albeit one that has had its rear end altered at some time. The only other deviations from factory specification concern the supercharger, which is no longer fitted, and the provision of an electric cooling fan. While in Bill Anderson's ownership the car was pictured in 'Lagonda Heritage' by Richard Bird (pages 40/41) and featured in a 1989 edition of 'The Automobile'.

    Previously registered 'PJ 2716', the Lagonda was reregistered in Jersey following its purchase by the vendor. Since his acquisition the latter has carried out extensive renovation including stripping and repainting the body's metal parts; refurbishing the seats and fitting new carpets; fitting a stainless steel exhaust system; replacing the clutch; fitting a new steering wheel; and sending the dashboard and speedometer away for professional repair and reconditioning. A full list of works carried out over the last seven years is on file. Described by the vendor as in generally good condition, with very good interior and excellent bodywork and paint, the car is offered with sundry maintenance invoices and Jersey registration document. A rare survivor of this most desirable Lagonda model, 'OH10067' represents an opportunity to acquire a well-preserved example one of the finest British sporting cars of its day.
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