Lagonda LG45 Tourer

CHASSIS # 12013 | ENGINE # 12013 | REGISTRATION # CLW 296

This 1936 Lagonda LG45 was delivered new to Lord Burleigh of London in 1936. A well-maintained specimen with desirable four-seat Tourer coachwork, it is one of only 278 LG45s built by Lagonda. Just 25 left the factory with this sporting open body style – and this car is one of only a handful of those known to survive today.

I personally knew this car when it was in the ownership of Peter Warburton of Waddington Hall, only a few miles from here. I was just a boy but I well recall it was finished in white at that time.

Prior to Peter’s acquisition of the car in 1989, it had been in Florida, USA  It was then sold back to the USA at auction through Bonhams in 2002, being purchased by  D.H. Chopra of California. The present owner re-imported the car into the UK in January 2018.

CLW 296 presents very well with still-fresh black coachwork after a bare metal respray. The interior is newly re-finished, with high-quality green leather, Wilton carpet and new black hood and tonneau.

Whilst the documented history of the car is limited, as it has spent many years overseas, it is clear the car has been well treated – as evidenced by its current condition.

The Meadows six-cylinder 4½ litre is in good order and delivers drive through the updated Meadows 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top two gears. The car drives and performs very well and has a superior ride comfort.

Rarer than obvious rivals like the Derby Bentley, this handsome and usable sports touring car is now ready for understated, relaxed continental touring in the finest English tradition.  It is also highly eligible for the high profile competitive events which are now becoming available again, post-pandemic.

This is a very stylish body on this sought after chassis, combining exceptional looks with excellent performance!

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