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Lot 460: 1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupe

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The original firm of Lagonda Ltd was replaced in 1935 by LG motors, a new company with Alan Good as Chairman and W.O. Bentley as Technical Director and designer. There were two immediate main tasks - to get the M45 model back into production and to build the best car in the world; only two years were to be allowed for the latter exercise, and the result was the great 12 cylinder car. The M45 received some cosmetic treatment, and was then replaced by the LG45 in September. Fox and Nicholl ran a racing team of these cars for 1936, and there were also a few private entrants. Successes included class wins in the French and Belgian GPs, and 4th and 5th overall and2nd and 3rd in class in the RAC TT, drivers including Earle Howe, Pat Fairfield and the Hon. Brian Lewis; Howe and Lewis joined forced for the BRDC 500 mile race in September, finishing 3rd at an average of over 113 mph, whilst in May 1937 Alan Hess covered over 104 miles in the hour at Brooklands in an LG45 in standard road trim. In August 1936 the LG45 Rapide was announced, claimed to be the fastest production car in the world, only 25 being made. It was mechanically very similar to the racing cars, based on the normal LG45 chassis but with much weight removed. The coachwork was one of several handsome designs by Frank Feeley, with dramatic chromium outside the exhausts based on a system that Arthur Fox had used on his team cars; the result was one of the finest British sports cars of the day.Presented in Regal red with a contrasting beige leather interior, this Beautiful pre-War Lagonda has undergone a full "Nut and Bolt" Restoration by the recognized World leaders in restoration for Lagonda's LMB Racing of Antwerp in Belgium. This particular car benefits from having matching numbers as well as a substantial history file dating back to when the car was first registered on the 29th July 1936. Having spent most of its recent life here in the UK, in its earlier years, it had been to Australia and the USA in the 1950's and 1980's respectively. It then returned to LMB in the Millennium where it started its full program of restoration and, as you would expect, there is a full photographic record of the works undertaken. Interested parties should note that the car still retains it on-board jacking system. When Bentley Motors ceased to trade, its founder, W.O. Bentley went to head up Lagonda, one of the first things he did upon his arrival was to increase the strength and power of the engine and crankshaft. These were the 'Sanction 3' engines and it is only the later LG45 that benefited from this technical improvement. EPC 238 has such a unit as standard and so out of a production of 278, only 150 of all types of LG45's survive, this being one of the best and most technically advanced drophead Coupes currently offered for sale on the open market.Sanction 3 engine , WO Bentley after bentley was sold to RR, he went to L reworked

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number460
Estimate£120000-£135000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1936
Condition rating0
Registration numberEPC 238
Mileage-
Chassis number12125
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