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For Sale: 1936 Lagonda 3-Litre
in Weybridge, United Kingdom

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For sale by auction on Saturday 31st August 2013 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey. Registration BPE 366 Chassis Number 210882 Engine Number 226030 Odometer reading 5,250 miles The Lagonda company was founded in 1906 in Staines, Middlesex by an American, Wilbur Gunn, who had named the company after a river near to his birthplace in Springfield, Ohio. Mr Gunn had originally built motorcycles in the garden of his house in Staines with reasonable success, including a win in the 1905 London-Edinburgh trial. In 1907 he launched his first car, the 20-hp, 6-cylinder Torpedo, which he used to win the Moscow-St. Petersburg trial of 1910. This success produced a healthy order for exports to Russia which continued until 1914. The first of the company's sports models was launched in 1925 as the 14/60 with a twin-cam 1954cc, four cylinder engine and hemispherical combustion chambers. The car was designed by Arthur Davidson who had come from Lea-Francis. A higher output engine followed in 1927 with the 2 litre Speed Model which was available supercharged in 1930. Very powerful brakes set a new tradition which the company was never to abandon. A 'semi-sports' model of the 14/60 led in 1927 to a new, much more sporting design, the Speed Model, using a revised version of the 2 litre engine in a lighter sports four-seater open body. Offering Bentley looks and performance for half the price, it was an instant success and transformed the company's image to the one we recognise today. A top speed of 80mph was guaranteed and was achievable, given a suitable road. In 1926 the company had introduced a six-cylinder car, the 16/65, which used a longer wheelbase chassis very similar to the 14/60, but fitted with a push-rod engine of 2.4 litres and had very few parts in common with the smaller one. It was tuned very conservatively to propel stately saloons and limousines. Performance was indistinguishable from the 14/60. The final car of the 1920's was the 3-litre using a 2931-cc 6-cylinder engine. This continued until 1933 when the engine grew to 3181cc and when coupled with some attractive, preferably open, coachwork, proved a winning combination leading to some success in, for example, the Monte Carlo Rally in the early thirties. Originally built as a 'Silent Travel' pillarless saloon, Type ZMBS ST34, in 1934, records show that the Lagonda on offer today was acquired by a Philip Dennis Fernandes Ferreira and used regularly between his homes in Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Hostilities then arrived and it was re-bodied to a truck-like configuration and pressed into service by the Home Guard. Not only did this serve the war effort but also, coincidentally, qualified for an increased fuel allowance. At the end of war, a 2 litre touring body was fitted and the car was subsequently sold. The story picks up again in 1957 when the car was transferred to Mr. Patrick Thomas Dosell in Birmingham. A year later, it was sold on again to Cecil John Wragg who relates a story that the car had once been owned by a gentleman in the RAF who had replaced much of the copper pipe-work courtesy of the MoD. This Lagonda has led a busy life and obviously charmed those who knew her, as in 1961, it was re-acquired by Mr. Ferreira. In 1962, the engine was overhauled by Boneham & Turner of Mansfield and shortly after, a new T4 body was fitted. It is important to note that this was reported to be new 'old-stock' and not a recreation although the next owner, a Mr. Neill, is of the opinion that the body came from a 2 litre T4 Continental that was in the process of being stripped for competition. It certainly had a new radiator with new SU carburettors fitted, re-built wheels and all new tyres. It was also re-trimmed in its current burgundy leather while still incorporating the original saloon seating making for an extremely comfortable touring experience as the owner and his wife can attest to. This

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