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Lot 163: Lagonda 3 Litre Selector Special


Among the rarest Lagonda models, the 3 litre, a descendant of the vintage 16/65, was an upmarket companion to the better known 2 litre. To take more commodious touring and saloon coachwork, it came with high and low chassis options. By the 1930's it had grown into a large, handsome touring car with a 10ft 9in wheelbase and a choice of fabric or fully panelled painted bodies, characterised by their sleekly rounded radiators, P100 headlamps with companion sidelamps on stalks mounted on the scuttle, helmet shaped wings which turned with the wheels and streamlined running boards. The six cylinder 2,931cc overhead valve engine was designed by Arthur Davidson, the designer of the classic twin-cam 2 litre unit. Offering around 80bhp in its original form - the capacity was increased to 3,181cc in 1931 - the engine was also immensely robust and smooth. This example we are offering today was a companion car to the 4 1/2 litre prototype displayed at the 1933 Olympia Motor Show. In its original guise it had a Maybach gearbox and a drophead coupe body by Martin Walter of Folkestone. The present owner purchased the car in 1995 from a well known motoring journalist, who had owned it for some 24 years from 1971. At that time he acquired it as a restored chassis, and then commissioned the present well constructed three door tourer body, one of the last by the celebrated Jock Chamberlain of Hartley Wintney. The car comes complete with tonneau cover, hood bag and aero screens. This magnificent example has been meticulously maintained by the present vendor and kept in an air conditioned garage since 1995. Being lighter than the original and with the manual box, it should offer performance in excess of the Autocar's 84mph. This rare car has featured in numerous articles in Classic Cars magazine, while Benson and Hedges Concours Class awards in 1989 and 1990 as well as a Louis Vuitton award at The Hurlingham Club in 1995, bear testimony to its present beautiful condition.

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number163
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberAUW 307
Chassis numberZ10414
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