1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10

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1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon
Registration no. AHS 240 Chassis no. 12221/G10

Sold for £ 62,540 (US$ 83,683) inc. premium
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon
Registration no. AHS 240
Chassis no. 12221/G10
*From the Collection of Viscount Massereene & Ferrard
*Present ownership for more than 40 years
*Two owners from new
*68,288 miles from new

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.'

    Lagonda Club records, held by Arnold Davey, state this is one of only 278 LG45s produced during 1936/37, this pillar-less saloon is believed to have been sold new via Carlaw in Glasgow (Lagonda's sole Scottish agents) to Mrs J M Pearcy of Kilmalcolm on 5th November 1937. The car was chauffeur driven during the early years of its life before being paid up for the duration of the war, and remained with Mrs Pearcy until 1955. It was off the road for the next ten years. 'AHS 240' appears in Geoffrey Seaton's book, 'Lagonda an Illustrated History' (page 216) and also 'Lagonda Heritage' (pages 100/101).

    The current, titled, vendor purchased the Lagonda in 1968 from Callanders Garage in Glasgow, which had taken it in part exchange for an Aston Martin. The purchase price of £150 included the car being trailered to the garage in Brighton, part owned by the vendor, where it was stripped down and checked (bill on file). The Lagonda has been on the road for the last 50 or so years, though only lightly used, and has been kept in a heated garage. Apart from routine maintenance and the occasional repair or adjustment, no major restoration has been necessary.

    This outstanding car remains totally original and has never been molested. It comes complete with the original instruction book, fitted luggage, a fire extinguisher, and some tools. Accompanying paperwork consists of the original logbook, sundry invoices, and a V5 registration document.
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1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon  Chassis no. 12221/G10
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