1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687

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Lot 279
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer

£ 70,000 - 90,000
US$ 92,000 - 120,000
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer
Registration no. UC 8722
Chassis no. 8942
Engine no. OH687
*Rare Vintage-era Lagonda sports car
*Present family ownership for 67 years
*Recent extensive renovation
*Engine rebuilt

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. The latter abandoned the firm's traditional in-unit gearbox in favour of an amidships-mounted transmission, but of greater technical interest was the engine. Designed by Arthur Davidson, the 2-litre 'four' featured twin camshafts, mounted high in the block, operating inclined valves in hemispherical combustion chambers. Power output of this advanced design was a highly respectable 60bhp. For the 1929 season, a 'low chassis' Speed Model was introduced, featuring revisions to the frame's front end and a higher-compression engine fitted with twin carburettors. The Speed Model had resulted from the factory's Le Mans effort of 1928, when the 2-Litre 'high chassis' driven by Andre D'Erlanger and Douglas Hawkes had finished 11th overall in the 24-Hour endurance classic.

    For all its virtues, Davidson's engine was limited by its tortuous induction tracts and in 1930 a supercharged version was introduced to overcome this deficiency. The 'blower' was mounted vertically in front of the engine, which was fitted with a stronger crankshaft, while a 3-Litre rear axle beefed up the transmission. Thus equipped, a 2-Litre was capable of up to 90mph. Overheating though, could be a problem, and many owners ended up removing the blowers.

    For the 1931 season a deeper radiator was fitted for better cooling at sustained high speeds but the most obvious change was to the coachwork. The spare wheel was moved to the off-side front wing while the rear of the car was remodelled to incorporate a luggage boot with drop-down lid, thus furthering enhancing the 2-Litre's qualities as a superior sporting tourer.

    This 'high chassis' Speed Model has been in the present family ownership since 1949, a remarkable 67 years. The car benefits from considerable recent refurbishment that has included an engine rebuild; recent interior re-trim in leather; a new exhaust system; overhaul of the brakes and correct AutoVac system; and fitting five new period-style tyres. Finished in grey with contrasting red interior, the car is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition and is said to drive very well.

    A rare survivor of this desirable Lagonda model, 'UC 8722' represents an opportunity to acquire a well preserved example one of the finest British sporting cars of its day, fresh from extensive renovation. Offered with current MoT certificate and V5 registration document.
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1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
1928 Lagonda 2-Litre High Chassis Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 8942 Engine no. OH687
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