The 1940 New York Auto Show,1939 LAGONDA  LG6 RAPIDE DROPHEAD COUPEFactory Coachwork Designed by Frank Feeley  Chassis no. 12372 Engine no. 12372
Lot 31
The 1940 New York Auto Show
1939 LAGONDA LG6 RAPIDE DROPHEAD COUPE
Sold for DKK 5,462,500 (US$ 827,551) inc. premium

The Frederiksen Auction

26 Sep 2015, 14:00 CEST

Denmark, Ebeltoft

Lot Details
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The 1940 New York Auto Show
1939 LAGONDA LG6 RAPIDE DROPHEAD COUPE
Factory Coachwork Designed by Frank Feeley

Chassis no. 12372
Engine no. 12372

4,453 cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburettors
140 bhp at 4,800 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
IFS with torsion bars
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*The US Lagonda Importer's 1940 New York Auto Show Centrepiece
*One of only six LWB LG6 Rapides built
*Totally restored in 2007
*Striking colour combination
*2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance double-trophy winner



THE LAGONDA LG6

"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, 17 June 17 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' 4.5-litre, twin-plug six to good effect, with saloons being capable of reaching 90 mph 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 with a new crossflow cylinder head and twin magneto ignition.

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 came with Lagonda's own coachwork, designed by the young and hugely talented Frank Feeley. (Feeley would go on to pen the beautiful Aston Martin DB3S). Regardless of the style of body fitted, the LG6 was good for around 100 mph, with lighter types capable of considerably more.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

The LG6 was introduced at the 1937 London Motor Show, and production began in 1938. Until September 1939, a total of 64 LG6 were manufactured, including 18 long wheelbase cars. Around 50 of these are believed to have survived. Some 25 in all are thought to be Drophead Coupes. However, when World War II broke out, no more than six LG6 Rapide models had been manufactured, and no more would be made. So not only is the LG6 Rapide Drophead Coupe on offer today lovely to look at – it is also an exceedingly rare motor car. As The Motor magazine rightly pointed out in 1938: "This car is a perfect combination of pure beauty and speed."

According to the factory build sheets, chassis 12372 was shipped in January 1940 to the US main dealers, Allerton-Hickmott of Hartford, Connecticut. They displayed the car as the centrepiece on their stand at the 1940 New York Auto Salon. Horace Ridgely Bullock, an important Connecticut businessman, purchased 12372 and traded in his 1929 PI Rolls-Royce. Bullock, who used the car to commute between his homes in Glen Cove, Long Island and Northeast Harbour, Maine, named 12372 The Green Hornet, a fictional character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialised dramas in a wide variety of media.

Connoisseur of the good things in life, Horace Ridgely Bullock was a yachtsman and jazz fan, and he kept his pretty sporting Lagonda for 22 years – a testament to the enduring charm and staying power of this matchless motor car. In 1961, he sold it to Richard Roy from New Jersey who had made his fortune in lumber and was an early classic car aficionado. The deal was closed over lunch at the Racquet Club in Ardmore, Philadelphia. Roy retained 12372 even longer than Bullock had – an astounding 46 years, until he eventually sold it in 2006 to Skip Barber, founder of the Skip Barber racing school and owner of the Lime Rock, Connecticut racing circuit. After close to seven decades of loving use, 12372 was ready for a ground up restoration. In 2007, Barber commissioned a complete "nut and bolt" restoration on this exceptionally original car. A photo-file documenting the restoration comes with the car.

Barber felt that the original green colour was too close to that of a John Deere tractor and selected a blue/green "teal" shade for the paint, which truly accentuates the luscious curves of the Frank Feeley-designed body. Complemented by a textured "pigskin" Connolly leather interior in Cognac and the medium tan tone of the convertible top, 12372 truly cuts a dashing figure. Like an exquisite moth of flawless yet subtle beauty, 12372 emerged from its chrysalis after seventeen months and was immediately accepted as an entry for the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. There it won a second in class and was awarded the single Beaulieu Cup as the most significant English car in the venue. Small wonder, with its inlaid wood interior, free flowing semi-aerodynamic wings and cheeky curved spats covering the rear wheels.

Skip Barber has been quoted as saying: "My Lagonda Rapide is a very attractive combination of late 1930s styling in the French manner, but without the overdone chrome accents, with a postwar car feeling of drive-ability. It goes, steers and stops really well like a modern car and believe me, it is not slow – the top end is well over 100 mph! But it doesn't display your minimal sports car cockpit – instead, it has comfortable seats and a spacious and luxurious interior."

Today, LG6 Rapide Drophead Coupe chassis 12372 is a superb example of a very rare motor car. The fact that it is a thing of beauty, elegance of taste only adds to the heady mix. That 12372 is also highly original and a superior driver makes this an opportunity that simply cannot be missed.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Chassis 12372 blev eksporteret direkte til USA af Lagonda i januar 1940, hvor den var trækplaster på den amerikanske importørs stand på New York Auto Salon i 1940. Bilen blev døbt The Green Hornet af den første ejer, en markant forretningsmand i Connecticut, som beholdt bilen i 22 år. Herefter blev den købt af ejer nummer to, en tidlig klassisk bilsamler fra New Jersey, som ejede bilen i hele 46 år. I 2006, blev den solgt til Skip Barber, grundlægger af Skip Barber racerskole og Lime Rock racerbanen i Connecticut.

Efter næsten 7 årtiers brug, var 12372 klar til en komplet restaurering. RM Restorations i Ontario, Canada fik opgaven til at udføre en concours restaurering ned til mindste detalje. Barber valgte at skifte bilens farve fra den originale grønne farve til en mørk grønblå farve, som fremhæver bilens dramatiske linjer. Til interiøret valgte han præget "svineskind" i cognacfarvet Connolly læder. Efter den 17-måneder lange restaurering, blev 12372 inviteret til Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance i 2008, hvor den blev nummer to i sin klasse og modtog Beaulieu Cup prisen for The Most Significant English Car in the venue.
Denne Lagonda er et fremragende eksemplar af en meget sjælden bil, og dens høje grad af originalitet og fortræffelige køreegenskaber gør denne bil til noget helt særligt.

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