1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)

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Lot 241
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer
Registration no. AOL 564 Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)

Sold for £ 86,200 (US$ 106,976) inc. premium
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer
Registration no. AOL 564
Chassis no. Z 10990
Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)

Footnotes

  • “If the best British workmanship and the finest materials appeal to you, and if character, sweet running and a maximum speed…are qualities that attract you, there is no need to look further; you will find them in this British car”
    So read Lagonda’s sales brochure announcing the M45 model, a powerful model boasting some 4½ litres and rightly regarded as one of the most desirable of all post-vintage thoroughbred models. Launched in 1933 it was powered by the 6-cylinder, 4,453cc overhead valve engine designed by Henry Meadows, which had been progressively developed since 1928. Like all of Meadows’ engines it was robust and, if anything, over-engineered, enabling the more sporting enthusiast in later years to tune it to good effect without serious consequences. At the time of its launch it was the largest-engined British sports-car available, even Bentley being left on the starting grid with their relatively new 3½ litre model. Unlike Bentley, who did not produce their own coachwork at this time, the Staines factory offered a range of attractive factory-built bodies including both open and closed cars, and arguably the most handsome and practical was the four seat T7 tourer, although other bespoke coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas, Wylder and Freestone & Webb were also to clothe the M45.

    ‘AOL 564’ was first registered in late 1934, at that time we understand carrying saloon coachwork. In the early fifties it was re-bodied with a T7 tourer body, reputedly new/old stock from the factory, which had been acquired by the David Brown organisation when they acquired Lagonda. In 1977, just thirty years ago, AOL was acquired by the present owner from VSCC Past President Bruce Spollon and has since been both well-used and used well. Only advancing years bring the car to the market. In 1982 the owner, an artist of some distinction, won a travel scholarship from The Royal Scottish Academy, enabling him to drive his old Lagonda on a tour of France, a mission most successfully accomplished. In 1991 a 3.3:1 rear axle ratio was fitted to facilitate high speed touring without stressing the motor. In the late 1980’s the car was entrusted to the late Herb Schofield for a cosmetic face-lift and re-trim in blue leather, while the engine was despatched to Lagonda exponent Alan Brown for a major overhaul. Brown was also later to rebuild the gearbox. In more recent years a stainless steel exhaust system has been fitted and spring leaves and bushes re-furbished and the clutch has been re-lined. The body has been sensibly modified at the rear doing away with the opening boot – a well known weakness of this body design.

    In short here is a car from long-term ownership which has been enthusiastically driven and correctly maintained. ‘AOL 564’ is presented in blue livery with blue leather upholstery, has all period instruments and is complete with good weather equipment including hood, sidescreens and a rear tonneau cover. It is offered with Swansea registration document, current MOT and road fund licence.

Saleroom notices

  • The car does not have a current MoT but has done minimal mileage since successfully passing the last MoT.
  • We are advised the coachwork is to T8 specification - not T7 as catalogued.
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)
1934 Lagonda 4½-litre M45 T7 Tourer  Chassis no. Z 10990 Engine no. 2740 on engine (M45/274 on builder’s plate)
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