Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045

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Lot 371
1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer
Registration no. DPH 769 Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045

Sold for £ 138,333 (US$ 181,682) inc. premium
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica
1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer
Registration no. DPH 769
Chassis no. 12045
Engine no. 12045

*One of the fastest British sports cars of its era
*Accurate team car replica
*Recently completed
*VSCC eligible

Footnotes

  • The 4½-Litre Lagonda was one of the most accomplished sports cars of the 1930s, as a succession of high-profile race wins, culminating in victory at Le Mans in 1935, amply demonstrates. In 1934 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 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.

    Supercharged cars had been banned from the 1934 RAC TT race at Ards in Ulster, so Arthur Fox and Bob Nicholl, who had previously prepared and raced Lagondas, could not use their supercharged Alfa Romeo 8C. Having looked around for an alternative, they announced last minute entries of three very special Lagonda M45s. Distributor Warwick Wright had ordered three 4½-litre competition chassis in black with unfinished wooden dashboards and special springs and batteries. The first two of these new cars, chassis numbers 'Z11078' and 'Z11079', were delivered in July 1934 with the third, 'Z11118', following in August.

    
In preparation, Fox adopted special crankcases cast in RR50 alloy. Larger cylinder block studs were selected, combating a tendency to snap at high rpm, while blueprinted internals were used virtually throughout. Lubrication and ignition systems were improved and four fuel pumps fitted, wired in pairs with only one pair normally in use. Under TT rules, bodies had to be four-seaters and a hood was required. In Fox's tradition of ingenious interpretation of race regulations and painstaking attention to detail, the rear tonneau cover could be raised over a neat lightweight tubular frame, thus resembling a hood and satisfying the scrutineers. Rear legroom was provided by deep foot wells and the door-less Fox & Nicholl competition bodies terminated in rounded, centre-finned tail cowls, the tail cover being easily detachable to expose a spare wheel mounted on a hinge-out-and-drop centre lock bracket. A 27-gallon fuel tank was fitted also. A standard Lagonda radiator was mounted at a slight rake and the cars were fitted with 'fixed' cycle-type mudguards of minimum regulation size. One of the three Ards entries, 'BPK 202', would finish 1st at the 1935 Le Mans at an average speed of 77.86mph having covered 1,868.74 miles.
    
'DPH 769' is a excellent recreation of those Le Mans team cars, conversion of which was undertaken by the workshop at Bishopgray. Outstanding attention to detail is evident in the trim, engine preparation, panel work and paint finish. The end result is worthy of the closest inspection. Restoration invoices are on file.

    The chassis is the correct 10' 3" wheelbase, incorporating new side rails and original M45R cross members. The engine is a 4½-litre Meadows stationary unit fitted with
8.5:1 compression forged pistons; Kent 'fast road' camshaft; twin SU HV8 carburettors; full-flow oil filter conversion; full-flow exhaust manifold; twin distributors; new sump; and a new ceramic-seal water pump. Power is transmitted via an LG6 clutch to an Alvis Speed 25 gearbox.

    The body was fabricated by GP Panelcraft (in 2011), painted by Mistral Cars in Berkshire and trimmed by G H Wright of Milton Keynes. Finished in red to as near original as possible, it is completed by a two-part black duck tonneau cover, front half zipped. Brightwork was re-chromed by Derby Plating.

    Other noteworthy features include Rapide brakes; Luvax and Hartford dampers; Dunlop racing tyres; fully crack tested front axle, steering box and arms; rebuilt M45 radiator converted to fit correct M45R cross member and fitted with an electric fan; LG45 differential; 3.3:1 CW/P (original 3.46:1 available); new replica steering wheel; up-rated charging circuit; Rotax headlights; and flashing indicators.

    A Classic Le Mans invitee in 2014, the Lagonda comes with an old-style logbook (issued 1951), copy build sheet, V5C document and a valid Historic Technical Passport, and is therefore eligible to compete in most VSCC and Historic Racing & Rallying events.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this 1936 Lagonda 4/1/2-Litre is a Rapide 'Style' Tourer.
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Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
Fox & Nicholl Team Car Replica,1936 Lagonda 4½-Litre M45 Rapide Tourer  Chassis no. 12045 Engine no. 12045
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