1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335

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Lot 201
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project

Sold for £ 19,550 (US$ 26,159) inc. premium
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project
Registration no. JUK 111
Chassis no. LAG/50/335
*Rare soft-top Lagonda
*Present family ownership since 1958
*Off the road for circa 35 years
*Offered for restoration

Footnotes

  • It is said that when David Brown acquired Lagonda in 1947 all he got was a famous name, a collection of engineering drawings and a handful of prototypes. And although Lagonda's chief engineer and designer, the great W O Bentley, quit the firm when Brown took over, he left behind the 2.6-litre, six-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft engine that would power the Aston Martin DB2 and the next generation of Lagondas. Although it retained a separate chassis, Bentley's Lagonda was advanced in other ways, featuring independent suspension all round: by double wishbones and coil-springs at the front - a layout similar to that adopted on the DB4 - and semi-trailing arms with torsion bars at the rear where the brakes were mounted inboard to reduce un-sprung weight. The new Lagonda was intended to exploit a perceived gap in the luxury car market between Jaguar/Rover at one end and Rolls-Royce/Bentley at the other, and succeeded brilliantly, being able to carry five persons and their luggage at high speed and in great comfort.

    Copies of Aston Martin documents on file reveals that this Lagonda drophead coupé, chassis number 'LAG/50/335', was delivered new on 26th November 1951 to John Harper & Co Ltd, ironfounders and domestic hardware manufacturers of Willenhall, Staffordshire. According to Lagonda Club records, the car was subsequently owned (in 1952) by Mr G A J Young. There is a photograph on file of the car at this time.

    In 1958 the Lagonda was purchased by Mr W J F Allsager, a solicitor, who used the car as his daily transport. After approximately 150,000 miles on the original engine (number 'LB6A/50/497') an Aston Martin DB2/4 2.6-litre Vantage engine ('VB6E/50/1308' from chassis number 'LML/718') was fitted by Aston Martin Lagonda at Feltham on the 23rd March 1962 (records on file). An additional two headlamps; Armstrong Selectaride shock absorbers on the rear and their associated dashboard-mounted switch (from a DB5); and a DB5 heater and choke assembly are the only other notified deviations from factory specification.

    Following a period of ill health, which rendered the owner unable to drive the Lagonda, it has remained in storage for approximately 35 years. Accompanying paperwork consists of an old-style buff logbook, an original leather-bound instruction book, a V5 registration document, and the aforementioned copies of factory records. The surviving papers with the vehicle show signs of fire damage, which occurred circa 1980 during an office robbery. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this handsome Lagonda drophead is a potentially most rewarding project.
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1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project  Chassis no. LAG/50/335
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