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Lot 236: Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

It's said that when David Brown acquired Lagonda in 1947 all he got was a famous name, a collection of engineering drawings and a handful of prototypes. And although Lagonda's chief engineer and designer, the great W O Bentley, quit the firm when Brown took over, he did leave behind the 2.6-litre, six-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft engine that would power the Aston Martin DB2 and the next generation of Lagondas. Although it retained a separate chassis, Bentley's 2.6-Litre Lagonda was advanced in other ways, featuring independent suspension all round: by double wishbones and coil-springs at the front - a layout similar to that adopted on the DB4 - and semi-trailing arms at the rear where the brakes were mounted inboard to reduce un-sprung weight. It had been intended that the new Lagonda would exploit a perceived gap in the luxury car market between Jaguar and Rover at one end and Rolls-Royce and Bentley at the other. W O's design succeeded brilliantly in this, being able to carry five persons and their luggage at high speed and in great comfort. One of Lagonda's, and David Brown's, greatest assets was stylist Frank Feeley, the man responsible for the Italianate flair of the DB2, and while Feeley's 2.6-Litre looked back nostalgically at the Lagondas of pre-war years, his prototypes produced on that chassis in the late 1940s hinted at the 3-Litre model to come. A Mark 2 version arrived in the autumn of 1952 boasting revisions to body and interior, as well as a Jackall self-jacking system. Coachbuilders Tickford had begun to play an increasingly important role as body suppliers during manufacture of the 2.6-Litre and when the new 3-Litre model was announced in 1953, the Newport Pagnell firm assumed sole responsibility for body production. This Lagonda 2.6-Litre was purchased by the current owner in the early 1970s and used sparingly up to 1996, since when it has been unused. Now in need of sympathetic restoration and sold strictly as viewed, '575 MOF' is offered with Swansea V5 document, some expired MoTs from the 1990s, and a quantity of spares. A potentially most rewarding project.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number236
Estimate£15000-£17000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£19500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£22425
Year1951
Condition rating
Registration number575 MOF
Mileage-
Chassis numberLAG/50/267
Engine numberLB6/50/327
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2