1936 Lagonda 4.5-Litre LG45 LG45 2 Seater Sports TourerSOLD

1936 Lagonda LG45 2 Seater Sports Tourer

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Reference Number 52327

as of 4/2/2015

Car 1936 Lagonda 4.5-Litre LG45 LG45 2 Seater Sports Tourer
Registration DPK 506 
Condition Very Good 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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Known History



2 Seater Sports Tourer

Registration Number DPK 506


Notable as the first Lagonda design to be overseen by legendary engineer - and recently appointed technical director of LG Motors (Staines) Ltd - W.O. Bentley, the LG45 was introduced in late September 1935. Although, sharing the same 10ft 9in wheelbase as its M45 Rapide and M45A predecessors, the newcomer boasted significantly reduced levels of noise, vibration and harshness. A massive ladder-frame channel-section affair, its chassis featured repositioned cross members (to liberate more rear legroom), softer semi-elliptic road springs, adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers, two prefabricated bulkheads and a harmonic stabilising front bumper. While other refinements included a Smiths 'Jackall' system (the controls of which were normally housed in a side-mounted 'dummy' spare wheel cover), one-shot Tecalemit lubrication and Girling four-wheel drum brakes. Powered by a modified version of the redoubtable 4453cc Meadows OHV straight-six engine (which had earned Lagonda victory in that year's Le Mans 24-hour race), the LG45 further benefited from a part synchromesh four-speed manual gearbox and strong Borg and Beck clutch. Initially available in saloon, tourer, drop-head coupe or bare chassis guises, the model was among the fastest road cars of its generation (with most closed variants being capable of over 90mph and some open ones reputedly topping 100mph). Despite a fantastic 1936 season that saw four Fox & Nicholl prepared Works racers distinguish themselves in the French Grand Prix (1st in class), Belgian Grand Prix (1st in class), Ards Tourist Trophy (2nd in class) and BRDC 500 Mile Race (3rd overall), the LG45 was phased out of production the following year after some 278 had been made (though, 150 or so are thought to have survived to this day). According to information kindly forwarded by the Hon. Registrar of The Lagonda Club. Like many a surviving LG45, the Tourer has had its Smiths 'Jackall' system and steering wheel-mounted shock absorber controls disabled for ease of maintenance (though, the shock absorbers themselves).

“Big Henry” started life as a saloon and was professionally re-bodied around.1970 with the all-aluminium body you see today.

The current owner purchased 'Big Henry' last November. It had been previously owned by Roy Williams from Wales for 12 years and progressively developed, including the fitment of a new back axle with a high ratio crown wheel and pinion, up-rated springs and LMB Racing-developed competition front brake drums and linings.

During Roy's ownership the car competed in the following: Classic Marathon 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Rally des Alps 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006. Winter Marathon 1999, 2001, 2005. Winter Trial 2003, 2006. Liege-Rome 2000, 2001, 2003. Classic Malts 1998, London-Lisbon 2000.

The current owner has recently entrusted the car to LMB again and a full engine rebuild has now been completed. Work undertaken has included a new cast and machined cylinder block (old block available), the crank case has been re-white metalled and line bored with new backings and bearings, new camshaft bearings have been fitted, the crankshaft has been ground and straightened, and the cylinder head has been ported and polished. LMB have stated that the engine should now be more powerful and a lot more reliable.

Documentation comprises a UK registration document, current FIVA and VSCC papers and invoices for recent work undertaken. An application for HTPs is about to be submitted and the car is expected to be competing in this years Goodwood Revival.

A very fine example of a Lagonda LG45

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