<B>1939 LAGONDA  V12 DROPHEAD COUPE<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 14113<BR />Engine no. 14113

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1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis no. 14113 Engine no. 14113
Sold for US$ 458,700 inc. premium

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1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPE

Chassis no. 14113
Engine no. 14113

4,480cc SOHC V12 Engine
175bhp at 5,500rpm
2 SU Carburetors
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Powerful W.O. Bentley-designed V-12 power plant
*One of approximately 185 built
*Late version of the classic Frank Feeley Drophead Coupe design
*High-quality, older restoration that presents well
*Ultimate British Grand Touring car



THE V12 LAGONDA

"In making an evaluation of the better British cars, the Lagonda V12 certainly must be considered an excellent design and one that contributed to raising the state of the art—not forgetting, of course, that it probably should be considered W. O. Bentley's masterpiece." - Road & Track, October 1978.

A quite remarkable piece of automotive engineering, the W. O. Bentley-designed Lagonda V12 was one of the outstanding British models of its day and one of the exclusive handful of 1930s road cars that could exceed 100 mph in standard tune. Not only that, but the magnificent, 4.5 liter V12 engine produced sufficient torque to endow the car with "walking-pace-to-maximum" capability in top gear.

1935 had brought bankruptcy and rescue for Lagonda, the benefactor being a young solicitor named Alan Good. Good reorganized the company and recruited W. O. Bentley, who by then was disillusioned with life at Rolls-Royce which had acquired Bentley in 1931. Bentley succeeded in refining the muscular, Meadows-engined Lagondas while working on a vastly more-advanced design that many consider the great man's finest. Luckily, the talented designer Frank Feeley was already working at Lagonda when Alan Good took over, and he was wisely retained. Feeley was made responsible for the elegant factory bodywork, and together, he and Bentley and would create the ultimate in British prewar grand touring cars. As usual, a short-chassis Rapide roadster was made available which provided even more performance. First seen in 1936, the Lagonda V12 did not commence deliveries until 1938, and only 189 had been built before the outbreak of hostilities ended production. The advanced chassis employed double-wishbone independent front suspension and was available with a varied choice of coachwork, including limousines, saloons and convertibles.

The V12's announcement demonstrated that the revitalized Lagonda company was very much back in business. This was underscored by Lagonda's decision to enter the 1939 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. The marque already possessed a creditable Le Mans record, as a short-chassis 4½-Litre driven by John Hindmarsh and Luis Fontes had won the endurance classic outright in 1935. In October 1938, a Lagonda V12 saloon driven by Earl Howe had covered 101.5 miles at Brooklands in a single hour, despite having to stop to change a burst tire. This, together with other high-speed tests during which the car had shown complete reliability, indicated that it would be a highly suitable candidate for reviving British prestige at Le Mans. Accordingly, it was decided to enter a two-car team in 1939 with the aim of securing valuable data, and then to mount a full-strength challenge the following year. In the race the two streamlined two-seater Lagondas fared better than expected, Messrs Brackenbury and Dobson finished in third place with Lords Selsdon and Waleran in fourth. Had a less conservative race strategy been employed, either might have won. In any event, the great power and prowess of these powerful cars had been proven beyond a doubt.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to the build sheet, chassis 14113 was fitted with Coupe body no. 4540 (Coupe for Drophead Coupe) and finished in black paint with buff leather and fawn convertible top. A tasteful and elegant color combination designed to be equally fitting whether the car was used for long distance touring, city driving or something more sporting. City driving seems to have been the main use in the beginning, as 14113 was exported directly to the USA and sold to a J. Luchs of 25 East 86th Street in Manhattan. Luchs acquired the car on October 12, 1940 and was given a one-year warranty, which was customary in those days.

In preparation for shipping to the USA, Lagonda fitted a number of accessories, including a special center lamp and horn brackets, sun visors, and Lucas Mellotone horns. A respray and alteration of the rear fenders to include fender skirts was performed, presumably in accordance with instructions from Mr. Luchs. Finally, the car was cleaned and polished before loading. Little is known about its subsequent history, although the car at some point belonged to a certain Robert C. Bacon, owner of the R. Bacon Grain Co., located at no. 205 Grain and Flour Exchange in Boston, Massachusetts. When the present owner acquired 14113 in the mid-1990s, it had been restored to its present appealing livery.

Today, 14113 remains in lovely restored condition, waiting to be enjoyed. No doubt costly to manufacture, the convertible top is exceptionally well-constructed and capable of being folded very compactly, like all Lagonda tops of the period. Other noteworthy features include luxuriously upholstered seats, lovely woodwork on the dashboard and door cappings, as well as full original instrumentation.

The classic lines of the Frank Feeley-designed body are as breathtaking today as they were in 1939. There is accommodation for four adults, and even some trunk space, should the new owner wish to participate in some of the many classic touring events which would be happy to accept 14113. There can be no doubt that the powerful short-stroke V-12 engine, which is renowned for its flexibility and quietness, will rise to the task. In addition, the superior road manners of the superbly engineered chassis will make taking part a joy. To this day, the V12 Lagonda remains one of the most capable and compelling prewar sporting cars, and 14113 is an outstanding example of the breed.

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