1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4

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Lot 364
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine
Coachwork by Barker & Co Registration no. XVS 330 Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4

Sold for £ 37,833 (US$ 49,689) inc. premium
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Registration no. XVS 330
Chassis no. 12523
Engine no. LG6/496/S4

Footnotes

  • '(The) much improved '4½'... comes up to expectations... It is doubtful whether a fast car has ever been made so steady and yet so comfortable. It is almost uncannily easy to take this car round bends at high speeds and at the same time the insulation offered to passengers is of the highest order.' - The Autocar, 17th June 1938.

    By the mid-1930s, cars using the proprietary Meadows engine were seen as the way forward for Lagonda. The first of these - the M45, introduced in 1934 - deployed Meadows' 4½-litre, twin-plug 'six' to good effect, saloons being capable of reaching 90mph and tourers the 'ton' under favourable conditions. Under the great W O Bentley's technical direction the big Lagonda became more refined, gaining synchromesh gears, flexible engine mounts and centralised chassis lubrication among many other improvements. The ultimate expression of the big, Meadows-engined Lagonda - the LG6 - arrived in 1937. Announced at the same time as the Bentley-designed V12, the LG6 used a similar, diagonally cross-braced chassis featuring independent front suspension by means of unequal length wishbones and torsion bars. Two chassis lengths were made (standard and long, those of the six-cylinder cars being longer than the V12's) and both models were available with Lagonda's own coachwork. Regardless of the style of body fitted, the LG6 was good for around 100mph, with lighter types capable of considerably more. Of the 85 LG6s completed before production ceased, only two are known to have been bodied with four-door enclosed coachwork by Barker, that offered here being the sole survivor.

    This long-wheelbase LG6 was first owned by a Miss Eno of the Eno's Fruit Salts Co. According to the accompanying Car Details Report, chassis number '12523' was ordered on 6th March 1939 and delivered to Barker & Co on 18th April that year for bodying as a touring limousine. The car was originally finished in grey with red interior trim, burr walnut dashboard and Ace wheel discs.

    By 1940 the Lagonda was in the USA owned by one Russell Archibald of Delhi, New York State. In 1956 it was owned by Lagonda Club member G E Brandt of Long Island, New York, and there are details of other American owners on file, the most recent being Mr Fred Brown of Paradise Vale, Arizona.

    In 1991 the Lagonda returned to the UK and was bought at auction by Colin Lindsey of Ickleton, Cambridgeshire. It was inspected at this time by the Lagonda Club's Arnold Davey, who noted Barker plates to the door sills, an opening roof that had been fixed shut, a winding internal division, and a tool drawer under the chauffeur's seat. The age-related registration 'XVS 330' was obtained.

    The LG6 subsequently relocated to the Netherlands where it was owned by Mr Uko Jonker followed by Mr Frans Janssen and then Mr Maarten Hoeben, who purchased it in 2010. Mr Hoeben notes on the Car Record Card that it appeared never to have been restored but did incorporate some modifications including coil rather than magneto ignition, sealed beam headlight inserts, and alterations to the hydraulic systems. The Lagonda was extensively re-commissioned during Mr Hoeben's ownership, the ignition system, fuel system, rear axle, dynamo, starter motor, radiator (re-cored), water pump, clutch, gearbox, brakes and shock absorbers all receiving attention, while the engine's bottom-end was checked and the cylinder head overhauled (see list of works on file). In addition, new wire wheels and new tyres were fitted, the wiring loom replaced and a stainless steel exhaust system installed. The car was also treated to a thorough clean both inside and out. It was acquired by the current vendor in April 2013.

    Finished in black with tan leather interior, this unique and imposing Post-Vintage Thoroughbred is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned Car Details Report, email correspondence and an old-style V5 registration document.
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1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Touring Limousine  Chassis no. 12523 Engine no. LG6/496/S4
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