Lot 1969


1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis Supercharged Model
Reg. no. GT 609
Chassis no. OH 9985
Engine no. 1734042B1165
In the Edwardian era Lagonda concentrated mainly on the production of light cars before reverting to sporting and luxury models in the mid-1920s with the introduction of the 14/60. The latter abandoned the firm\'s traditional in-unit gearbox in favour of a midships-mounted transmission, but of greater technical interest was the engine. Designed by Arthur Davidson, the 2-litre \'four\' featured twin camshafts, mounted high in the block, operating inclined valves in hemispherical combustion chambers. Power output of this advanced design was a highly respectable 60bhp. For the 1929 season, a \'low chassis\' Speed Model was introduced, featuring revisions to the frame\'s front end and a higher-compression engine fitted with twin carburettors. The Speed Model had resulted from the factory\'s Le Mans effort of 1928, when the 2-Litre, driven by Andre D\'Erlanger and Douglas Hawkes, had finished 11th overall in the 24-hour endurance classic.
In 1930 a supercharged version was introduced with the \'blower\' mounted vertically in front of the engine, which was fitted with a stronger crankshaft. A Powerplus supercharger was specified at first, but most \'blown\' 2-litres came with a Cozette. Thus equipped, a \'low chassis\' 2-litre was capable of up to 90mph.
GT 609 has been in the same family since 1962, when it was bought by the vendor\'s father. The vendor advises that previously the car had been owned by Wing Commander Paddy Barthrop during WWII, but he was shot down and imprisoned with Douglas Bader in Colditz Castle. Sadly Wing Commander Barthrop\'s father assumed him dead and so sold the car, but many years later he got to see the car again at the Biggin Hill air show.
Our vendor describes GT 609 as a very original car except for the blower not being fitted, which has been off the car since the 1950s; in good running order this motor car presents well with lovely patination, that only comes with long-term use. It is offered here with a V5c.

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