Year: 1938
Chassis No:12342
Engine No:LG6/477/S4 12342
Coachwork: Original Factory
Coachwork: Original Factory
Full History

 

A wonderful original example with a superb history

Lagonda, a British engineering company, was originally set up in 1906 by an American Wilber Gunn. In the early years, it exported utility cars to Russia but by the mid 1930's it had become one of the worlds most prestigious marques. The name was synonymous with quality and speed. In 1935 the reputation of the company was further enhanced by an outright victory at Le Mans racing the M45R. The engine that was so successful in that race was the powerful and reliable Meadows 4.5 Litre unit. Many other competition successes were achieved with the engine, which also powered the Invicta 4.5 Litre Low Chassis S Type.

In the late 1930's Lagonda's new proprietor , Alan P. Good, poached W.O. Bentley from Rolls Royce to join the design team. W.O. "breathed" on the Meadows engine and eventually designed and built the LG6 which incorporated some really advanced engineering.The cars had hydraulic servo assisted brakes, synchromesh on second, third, and top, independent front suspension and many other features. It was a masterpiece, a true grand tourer, capable of sustained high speed on continental roads. About 82 LG6 cars were made, but only about 30 carried Frank Feeley's (who had earlier designed the stunning Lagonda LG45 Rapide and later penned the Aston DB3S) wonderful flowing coachwork design.

Many examples have been lost over the years, and a few cars have been restored. This car, unlike most, has survived largely untouched. When required substantial sums have been spent on its upkeep, and there is a huge history file of invoices and documents recording the maintenance over the years. It is in absolutely wonderful original condition and drives beautifully.

In addition to the history files that are with the car there is also a near complete record of owners and a considerable record of recent rallies and events, both in the U.K. abroad.