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Lot 217: 1952 Lagonda 2.6 Litre Drophead Coupe

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The 2 litre Lagonda was designed by Arthur Davidson in 1925; it was noted for its most efficient Rubery braking system, grouped grease nipples and a very high standard of finish; however, it was rather heavy and in 1928 was upgraded to the Speed Model. Two team cars competed at Le Mans in 1928 and were doing well until they unfortunately collided with each other; the survivor, despite having no front wheel brakes or shock absorbers, eventually finished 11th overall at 56.39mph compared with the 69.10mph of the winning 4 litre Bentley. The chassis was produced until 1934 but was fitted with a Crossley 6 cylinder engine from 1932 when it then became known as the 16/80. The Fox & Nichol 2 litre team car was virtually unchanged from the standard Speed Model and this demonstrates what an excellent design it was. Indeed, the 2 litre Speed Model has long since been considered one of the most usable and enjoyable vintage sports cars around, its supreme versatility proven time and time again on road, rally and race track.Between 1948 and 1953, some 500 2.6 Lagonda cars were built in the Feltham factory of David Brown alongside the DB 2 Aston Martins and only 125 of these Lagondas were the drophead coupe models designed by Frank Feeley. This car is one of only five of these models known by the Lagonda Club to be "on the road" with current MoT. It was built in 1952, spent a year with the London distributors, Brooklands of Bond Street and was sold to the first owner in May 1953. One of the early owners is believed to have been the actress Miss Pat Kirkwood. Described by the vendor as being in very original order, the car now has a floor change gearbox and flashing direction indicators. A major refurbishment was undertaken in the mid 1980's since when a limited mileage has been recorded. The interior has acquired a pleasant patina, the lined hood is in good condition, the chassis and engine bay are very clean, the wiring renewed and the bodywork is described as excellent if just short of top concours. A current MoT, V5C registration certificate and copies of the original factory records and subsequent history are provided with this quality coachbuilt drophead coupe of the early post war period. The car comes from a small private collection, where it used to sit alongside its sister; an Aston Martin DB2. It is complete with useful spares, mostly body panels and rear axles, both workshop, and original driver's manuals.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number217
Estimate£10000-£13000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£14703
Year1952
Condition rating0
Registration numberNUV 924
Mileage-
Chassis numberLAG/50/480
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