The ex-Alan Good/Doreen Good,1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car  Chassis no. 12028
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1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car
Registration no. DPE 121 Chassis no. 12028
£250,000 - 300,000
US$ 320,000 - 390,000

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The ex-Alan Good/Doreen Good
1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car
Registration no. DPE 121
Chassis no. 12028
*One of two works entries in the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally
*Mentioned in various Lagonda books and articles
*Known ownership history
*Present ownership since 2010
*Matching engine and chassis numbers
*Competitive and of proven reliability

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.

    A team of three specially prepared short-chassis cars (effectively the soon-to-be-announced M45 Rapide) prepared by Lagonda main agents Fox & Nicholl 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.

    Shortly before its 1935 Le Mans win, Lagonda had gone into liquidation and passed to new owners. In September 1935 they were able to announce the LG45. A new model building upon the successful Le Mans win, the old M45 and M45R models and the new owners' enthusiasm, it was a much more sober vehicle offered in saloon, tourer, and drophead coupé variants. Deliveries commenced in the spring of 1936.

    Under W O Bentley's technical direction the big Lagonda became more refined: 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.

    As confirmed by Lagonda authority, Arnold Davey, the historically important 4½-Litre offered here, 'DPE 121', was one of two special LG45 tourers built in 1935 and entered in the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally. The driver was Alan Good (Lagonda's Chairman at that time) and the navigator should have been W O Bentley, the firm's Technical Director. With 'W O' sidelined by appendicitis, Mr Good's wife Doreen, an experienced rally navigator, took his place. The sister car ('DPE 120') was loaned to T G Moore, proprietor of Motor Sport magazine. The magazine's article, 'Monte Carlo Rally Lagonda' describes the two cars exploits at the '36 Monte. Their starting point was Tallin in Estonia, but unfortunately only 'DPE 120' reached Monte Carlo.

    It was felt that the rather close-fitting LG45 front wings would be liable to fill up with snow and be difficult to clear, so M45 long wings were fitted together with twin side-mounted spare wheels and full weather equipment. 'DPE 121' was also fitted with an electrically-heated clear-vision panel on the windscreen (see 'Lagonda' by Bernd Holthusen). 'DPE 120' is shown on the front page of Motor Sport's February 1936 edition, while 'DPE 121' is mentioned in Geoffrey Seaton's book, 'Lagonda – An Illustrated History'. The Lagonda Club Register includes 'DPE' 121 in its list of 'some noteworthy Lagondas' (see file).

    In January 1936, the two Lagondas were shipped to Antwerp and driven through Germany and Poland to Tallinn in Estonia, the other starting points being Athens, Umea, Stavanger, and John O'Groats (see the aforementioned copy of Motor Sport). 'DPE 121' (start number '11') and 'DPE 120' (start number '10') were flagged away from the Estonian Theatre in Tallinn on 25th January 1936 with approximately 4,000 kilometres ahead of them. Having survived the frozen roads of Estonia, Good was caught out by more black ice upon entering Latvia near Riga. The Goods survived the crash uninjured, but unfortunately the car was forced to retire. 'DPE 120' reached Monaco in 41st place overall. Both cars returned to the UK and survived World War 2.

    The old-style continuation logbook on file records the date of first registration as 20th December 1935, and shows that from 31st July 1947 the Lagonda had been owned by Donald Lewis Jones of Taunton, Somerset. 'DPE 121' remained with Mr Jones until 2nd August 1962 when ownership passed to Vernon Harvey Oakley of Bath, who was still its owner in 1969. At some time during the 1970s, the Lagonda was owned by Guy Spollon, a highly respected collector of pre-war cars of the highest quality.

    Next owner listed is Kenneth Ducommon of London W8, who kept the Lagonda until June 1975 when it entered the long-term ownership of Mr Norman Webster of Towcester, Northamptonshire. Mr Webster would own it for the next 35 years. After a few months with Stanley Mann in 2010, the car was acquired by its current owner in August of that year, and since then has been registered in Germany.

    In November 1947, 'DPE 121' had been extensively reconditioned by the Lagonda Car Service Department at Aston Martin's Feltham works at the cost of £ 764 9s 0d, as evidenced by the five-page invoice on file. Furthermore, there are bills for work carried out by Cedar Classic & Vintage Cars in 2004, when the brakes and suspension received attention, the cylinder head was overhauled, etc, etc. A new professional repaint and some further work (for example on the radiator) was carried out by Stanley Mann in the summer of 2010 (no invoices).

    From 2010 onwards, the car has been fastidiously maintained in Germany. This has included a total overhaul of the gearbox in 2011, with further attention to the carburettors, brakes, steering, starter motor, and suspension (new in-period dampers fitted). The work was carried out by Mr Robert Schramm, a pre-war-car expert specialising in Lagondas and Invictas. Invoices since 2010 total more than €70,000.

    A genuine 'all-rounder', the Lagonda has been used predominantly as a rally car by the vendor and his wife. In 2012 the Lagonda participated in the Gaisbergrennen and the Ennstal Classic (both in Austria) as well as in the Gran Premio Nuvolari in Italy. In the following year the car participated again in the Gaisbergrennen (with a class win) and a rally at Schloss Bensberg (again with a class win) while the car was the overall winner of that year's Baiersbronn Classic (out of around 100 participants). In 2014, the vendor entered the Lagonda in the Flying Scotsman, which was his first rally in the UK. Many of these rallies are over long distances – the Ennstal, Gran Premio Nuvolari, and Flying Scotsman for example are of 1,000 kilometres and more – and the Lagonda has finished all of them without problems.

    The vendor has also used the Lagonda for circuit racing, participating in the 2011 Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. After receiving its FIA passport in 2011, the car formed part of the pre-war grid at the Le Mans Classic in 2012. The Lagonda has also been used for some private trips and has been entered in two Concours d'Élégance events, receiving a 2nd-in-class award at the Schwetzingen concours in 2010.

    The odometer reading in September 2010 was 6,216 miles; the vendor has added a further 7,000-or-so which, together with the aforementioned rallying record, demonstrates that the car is both reliable and competitive. Furthermore, it is said to be extremely comfortable, with ample accommodation for four people and their luggage. It also has a hood and the full weather equipment, making it useable in all weathers.

    Accompanying documentation consists of a FIVA Identity Card (issued December 2010); a FIA Passport (August 2011); a UK V5C Registration Certificate in the name of Stanley Mann Racing Ltd; photocopies of various magazine articles and book extracts; the aforementioned logbook, etc. The car also comes with German TüV (expires December 2018). The car also retains its original engine 'LG45/171/S1', the crankcase of which is stamped 'RR50' believed to make it one of a limited run of crankcases made out of higher grade alloy then standard, which were specially cast for the 1935 Fox and Nicholl run Works racing cars.

    During a recent test drive 'DPE 121' was found to drive nicely, pulling effortlessly and giving the driver every confidence that it could once again cross Europe without problem.

    A rare opportunity to own a magnificent 'Post-Vintage Thoroughbred' and notable footnote in Lagonda's competition history.
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