Hints and Tips - Lagonda Chat

From: David Cochrane
Sent: 19 July 1999
To: John Lumley
cc: british-cars-pre-war
Subject: Lagonda Club

John,

Sorry for the delay in continuing this thread, but I wanted to make sure of my facts before replying. You wrote:
> I have been a member of the Lagonda Club for five years. They
> have never been of the slightest use. They do not support any of
> the post-war cars. At the moment, I believe there is only one
> 2.6L in the club (in addition to mine).

I would love to know where you got this information, but I am happy to say it is complete rubbish! I spoke to Colin Bugler (the Lagonda Club Secretary) yesterday at the Lagonda Club Centenary Fete at Brooklands, and he said "Oh not again!" (or words to that effect) at that story. There are currently at least 80 members of the Club who own post-war Lagondas, some of them having more than one. Kevin Lloyd-Bisley is the chap in charge of the post-war 2.6/3L side of things, a most enthusiastic and helpful bloke; please give him a call, he would be very pleased to hear from you and answer any questions or criticisms.

I took the 2-Litre to the Fete at Brooklands yesterday and had a splendid day out. It was the first time I'd been to Brooklands for over 15 years, and very much had changed, almost all for the better. The Clubhouse, Motoring Village, Member's Bridge, museums & exhibitions were all wonderful - a must for anyone who has some time to spend in the area. It is easily accessible by road, and is less than a mile from Weybridge station (about half an hour from central London).

There were over 250 Lagondas there, more gathered together in one place than ever before, and I don't know when there will be so many ever again. There was a mouth-watering display of rarities, eg 2 of the 3 surviving tri-cars, all four 1929 2-litre team cars, both 1936 4.5 litre team cars, both the V12 team cars, 2 of the 1954 team cars, most examples of any sort of coachwork ever fitted to Lagondas, 5 of the Towns wedge cars of the 70s/80s, a couple of 11.1s (earliest surviving cars), the Eccles single-seater Rapier, at least 2 1964 Rapides, loads of post-war 2.6 & 3 litres, rows of Rapiers, all sorts of Specials, cars that competed in pre-war Monte Carlo and other rallies, and I'm sure I must have missed some. All in the unique setting of Brooklands complete with its happy crowds of Lagonda folk (but no crowding). And the sun shone.

Best regards,

David Cochrane
1931 2-litre (will-be-blown-again-one-day) Lagonda


From: David Cochrane
Sent: 20 July 1999
To: David Whittle
cc: british-cars-pre-war
Subject: 2 Litre Lagondas

David,

> Is it possible to buy a reasonable, useable, everyday type (ie not
> concours), 2 Litre Lagonda Tourer? Yes, most things are possible.
> Are there many about?

Quite a lot (several hundred), but not that many for sale. The 2-litre Lagonda seems to be the most popular of all the Lagonda models. There is a wide variety of types, from the early 14/60 tourers and saloons to the late "Continental" model, taking in the Speed Model, Weymann saloons, and of course the blown version. The Speed Model is generally reckoned to be the most practical, being fast enough to be fun, but not so complicated, rare or expensive as the blown ones.

May I suggest that you join the Lagonda Club (if you haven't done so already); this will keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the world of Lagondas, as well as notifying you of any that are for sale. Write to the Secretary: Colin Bugler, Wintney House, London Road, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8RN. Tel: 01252 845451

As for finding one for sale, you should keep in touch with various people; a good place to start is with Peter Whenman who is a professional Lagonda fettler, and occasionally has them for sale. He is at: Phoenix Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8RT Tel: 01252 842133

Other than that, keep looking in the various classic car type magazines.

> What sought of price are people asking?

I'm not really sure, but I think you wouldn't find much for less than 25-30 thousand in reasonable nick.

> I ask as I took the Humber to a do on Sunday, cruising as
> normal at about 40/50 mph, latter that day when in a modern car I
> followed a Lagonda (2 litre I think, probably on it way back from
> Brooklands), and he was cruising at 55/65mph. If the brakes are
> good enough to cope with those speeds I think I want one,
> probably can't afford one but I want one!

The brakes on all 1925-1940 Lagondas are some of the best you will find on any car, easily up to coping with modern speeds.

> There was an ex-vscc Lagonda at the do I was at Sunday, you
> would think he would have gone to Brooklands, probably wanted
> to be in a small pond not a big one!

He missed an amazing event.

> Do you know a chap called Harry Webster, I use to visit him
> occasionally and he had a Lagonda 2 Litre?

No I don't think I do, although the name rings a faint bell.

Regards,

David C.


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