1939 Lagonda V12

1939 Lagonda V12

1939 Lagonda V12

As a replacement to the LG45, W.O. Bentley commissioned a new V12 for the Lagonda marque. It was a product of high grade materials such as Chromidium, Duralumin and aluminum to operate under any conditions.

Alan Good at Lagonda revised the chassis to include independent front suspension that let the V12 sit low in the chassis.

Compared to the previous Lagondas, the V12 was lower, longer and wider which made the car much more dramatic.

It didn’t take long before two special-bodied Lagondas were prepared for Le Mans that finished 3rd and 4th overall for the factory team.

Throughout the war, the V12 engine was used for the British Navy until the factory was leveled in 1944 by the Germans.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
engine V12
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
fuel feed Twin SU Carburettors
displacement 4480 cc / 273.39 in³
power 134.2 kw / 180 bhp
specific output 40.18 bhp per litre
front brakes Lockheed Drums
rear brakes Lockheed Drums
transmission 4-Speed Manual

1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide 14091 – sold for $1,650,000

Restored by RX Autoworks in Vancouver, British Columbia in its originally specified Dark Cherry paint with the addition of Ivory lower body surfaces.

Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company

1939 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé 14062 – sold for €280,000

Restoration with Renoverad hos Rohdins Automobil Service in Sweden, which took some 6,000 hours to complete and was finished in 2008. Since completion, the car has been seldom used but continuously registered and stored in a purpose-built heated garage. Currently, the car presents in excellent overall condition, and it is offered today from its long-time owner’s proud family to a new caretaker.
Auction Source: Villa Erba 2015 by RM Sothebys

1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé 14050 – sold for €252,000

W.O. Bentley’s engineering masterpiece. Only four owners from new, including the Doune Motor Museum. Original body, engine, and chassis. A veteran rally participant.
Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions

1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans Team Car 14090 ‘HPL449’

British Lagonda enthusiast Peter Biggs later acquired the car in the 1980s, repatriated it from Canada and commissioned specialist John Foy to undertake restoration to original 1939 Le Mans form, complete with 4-carburettor V12 engine. We understand that the chassis, gearbox, fuel tank, rear axle and crank case (with the original RAC stamp clearly visible) are the originals. The Lagonda is currently fitted with a race prepared, period correct competition engine mated to a fully rebuilt radiator, at a cost of £50,000.

Auction Source: 2012 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams