1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257

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Lot 32
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville
Coachwork by Lagonda Registration no. DT 9290 Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257

Sold for £ 83,260 (US$ 109,372) inc. premium
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville
Coachwork by Lagonda

Registration no. DT 9290
Chassis no. 12257/G/10
Engine no. 12257

*Classic post-Vintage thoroughbred
*One of 278 made in 1936/1937
*An older restoration
*Beautiful condition

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 1936/1937, this example was delivered in October '37 fitted with a Lagonda body and Ace wheel discs. Owned by one T Shawcroft of Cheshire circa 1954, the car is believed to have been owned by the Ashton family of Wellington Somerset from 1954 to 1976. Next owner Roger Mills kept 'DT 9290' from 1976 to 1996, during which period it was stored for him by a Mr Tucker. Lagonda Club records show 'DT 9290' as with Julian Messant of LMB Cars circa 1997, while from 2002 to 2005 the owner is listed as George Proud.

    This LG45 is believed to have covered relatively few miles in the course of the last 70-plus years, and when a Lagonda Club member saw it in 1996 they described it as appearing 'completely original'. It was restored some time ago by Royles of Darlington at a cost of around £110,000 and is presented in beautiful condition today.

Saleroom notices

  • This is not a de Ville model. It is an LG45 Pillarless saloon with the SB3 body. The car is believed fitted from new with the G10 gearbox and a Sanction 4 engine.
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1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville  Chassis no. 12257/G/10 Engine no. 12257
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