1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015

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Lot 532
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. CXV 898 Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015

Sold for £ 87,300 (US$ 116,813) inc. premium
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. CXV 898
Chassis no. 12015
Engine no. 12015

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.
    Shortly after the M45's introduction, The Autocar got its hands on one. 'A short run on one of the first of the 4½-Litre Lagonda models, with an open four-seater body, left a vivid impression not only of brilliant acceleration and sheer performance, but of a car delightfully silent and easy running in a way that can be achieved to the fullest extent only by a big-engined machine working well inside its limits.'
    A team of three specially prepared short-chassis cars (effectively the soon-to-be-announced M45 Rapide) prepared by Lagonda main agents Fox & Nicholls 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.
    Under W O Bentley's technical direction the big Lagonda became more refined: the M45's successor - 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.
    In its road test published on 10th April 1936, The Autocar declared: 'The 4½-Litre has always given a fine performance; in its latest form it provides all the performance that anyone can reasonably require, and at the same time has been silenced, smoothed out and made a much more comfortable car, so that in comparison with the earlier versions it is hardly recognisable on first driving it. It can only be said that the appeal of the car has been considerably widened, for the people who today set great store by noise and a harsh suspension are greatly outnumbered by those to whom refinement in a fast car is far more desirable.'
    One of only 278 LG45s produced during 1936/37, this example was discovered in 'barn find' condition – complete apart from two missing quarter-lights – in a South Wales barn in the early 1980s. Restored in time for the current owner's daughter's wedding in 1991, it has since benefited from an interior re-trim by Bridge of Weir and has been displayed at various shows in the Bristol area over the years. There are bills on file for a new replacement cylinder block (sourced via Vintage Coachworks in 1996) and since the rebuild the car has covered only some 300 miles. Described as in generally good/very good condition, apart from a slight exhaust blow, 'CXV 898' is offered with sundry restoration invoices, MoT to March 2011, SORN, Swansea V5 and copies of Lagonda Club ownership records for the 1950s/1960s.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number for this car is CXU 898. The 1950s/1960s ownership records are not present in the history file, they were supplied verbally by the Lagonda Club.
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 12015 Engine no. 12015
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