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Specialist Auctioneer of Vintage and Classic Cars

Friday, 18 October to Saturday, 19 October, 2013

Automobilia, Motor Cars and Motorcycles at Castle Combe Circuit, Wiltshire

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Lot 1069

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Lot 1069 Description

1928 Lagonda 2 litre Speed Model - In single ownership since 1959 YV 4127
Chassis no. OH8975
Engine no. OH717


Sold for £44,000

Condition Report or Notes

The first sporting Lagonda to be produced after WWI was the 14/60 with a twin-cam 4 cylinder engine, designed by Arthur Davidson who had come from Lea Francis. A higher output engine came in 1927 with the 2-litre Speed Model which was then subsequently supercharged in 1930. This particular 2-litre Lagonda was selected to feature in Daphne Bampton’s book – ‘Rare and Exciting Cars’ published in 1976 and is illustrated on plate 30 showing the current owner at the wheel. It is also the subject of Chapter 23 (starting on page 168). From this book we learn about the car’s early history. For the first thirty years, the car was in the London Metropolitan area where it was active and changed hands several times. One of these, a Mr John Dawson of Croydon, saw the car for sale at ‘Character Cars of Croydon’ in the early 1950s, when it was advertised as ‘1928 Lagonda 2 – litre rated 12hp with Vanden Plas sports fabric covered body, 4-wheel brakes: £80’. He described it as a ‘beautiful machine’. The next owner repainted the fabric. The car was then stored in the 1960s following purchase by the current owner in 1959, and then in 1974 the car received some restoration. The chassis was stripped, the wheels were sand blasted and fitted with new tyres. We understand that the fabric exterior was replaced at this time. More recently the interior has been totally renewed. The car is sold with a history file and a V5c, and is coming to the market for the first time in 54 years. A rare opportunity.

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