1930 Lagonda 3 Litre Special Tourer – single ownership for 65 years
Reg. no. RX 6101
Chassis no. Z9608
Engine no. Z1352
Lagonda’s rise in stature during the 1920s was impressive; having started the decade making high-quality light cars, the company emerged from the vintage period as a bona fide manufacturer of high-quality luxury and sporting cars. The 2-litre 14/60 of 1925 was the vanguard of this new era for Lagonda, and that car was joined in 1928 by a six-cylinder model, the 3 Litre. These cars were renowned for their excellent build quality and strength, as well as extremely elegant bodies – unusually for an expensive car, Lagonda made most of the bodies for their own cars, and these bodies – particularly the sporting open ones – earned high praise for the high level of craftsmanship and style. Today these cars, with their long bonnets and low lines, embody the essence of the ‘golden age of motoring’ that was the late 1920s and early 30s. In addition, with their powerful engines and large, effective brakes, they can be used safely and comfortably in modern traffic.
This highly regarded 3 Litre Lagonda has been impeccably maintained for over 60 years by Alan Hitch, a Founder Member of the Lagonda Club. It is only being sold due to Alan passing away last year. Alan purchased the car in November 1955. He had previously been the proud owner of a 1928 2 Litre Lagonda Tourer. Having served in a Cavalry regiment from 1946-48, Alan had a passion for cars and was devoted to this 3 Litre.
He then decided to do the engine up himself at the same time as Geoff Seaton (another well-known Lagonda owner) was doing the same to his own car. They put beams across the inside of their garages and used a block and tackle to get the engine out. As he stated in some fond memories of Geoff, they both shared the same priorities. When Geoff’s wife was worried that some tall trees close to house were threatening, Geoff said ‘it was alright – they weren’t going to fall on the garage’. Alan agreed with his priorities.
Alan continued to spend many hours on his car, continuing to maintain and cherish it. Major works included a complete engine rebuild to a very high standard in 1989/1990, changing the 72 mm engine to a 75mm, fitted to give better performance. In 1997/98, significant restoration work was undertaken by Royle. He enjoyed the favourable comments he received, including one from one aspirational buyer (the car was never going to be for sale during Alan’s lifetime), commenting: ‘I admired not only the very advanced engineering of the vehicle for its period, but how original you had managed to keep it’.
The car comes with a comprehensive paperwork of parts and works undertaken dating back to the 1950s. One of only approximately 70 in the world, this particular 3 Litre is featured in both in Geoffrey Seaton’s book: Lagonda: An Illustrated History 1900-1950 and in David Royle’s impressive history: From Vintage to Classic to Amphibian. In 2007 it was winner of the 3 Litre Class at the Lagonda Club AGM Concourse.
In the history file there is a large number of old MOT certificates and old tax discs. There are also two old buff logbooks, and a green continuation logbook, three later logbooks, a V5C and a selection of correspondence mainly relating to the purchase of RX 6101 in the mid-1950s.
Estimate: £85,000 – 90,000
Extra details and estimates:
£85,000 - 90,000
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