The Lagonda High Chassis Speed Model had resulted from the Factory’s Le Mans effort off 1928, when the 2.0 litre ‘high chassis’ driven by Andre D’Erlanger and Douglas Hawkes had finished 11th overall in the 24-Hour endurance classic.
Finished in dark claret and black with correct American leather cloth on the body tub, this Lagonda was the winner of multiple first awards at many concourse events and outright winner at Burnham Beeches. Two trophies come with the Lagonda. The Lagonda has only had three owners in the last thirty five years. It was restored and owned by the legendary Derek Green who owned the world renowned ‘Cedar Classics’ who specialised in Lagonda & Invicta. The Lagonda High Chassis Speed Model comes with history back as far as the late 1940’s -1950’s with the buff Logbook and pictures of the car in this era. From the outset the aim of the restoration was to keep the Lagonda High Chassis Speed Model as near as possible to total originality whilst providing the highest standard as one could achieve. Contributors to the restoration were other well-known Lagonda restoration people including Peter Whenman and Alex Downie who were well known in Lagonda Circles.
In later years, and most notably the head has been converted to unleaded, and at the recommendation of Lagonda specialists, it was suggested an electric fan was fitted. Under the bonnet the car is beautifully detailed as one might expect. A klaxon horn is fixed to the bulkhead. The engine is reported to run with a lovely warm throaty roar and running in fine fettle.
The interior is finished in deep burgundy hide and is in superb condition w with matching red carpets. The mahogany dash board includes the usual complement of the requisite instrumentation and includes a ‘Kigas Primer’ for cold starts. The hood easily erects and a full set of side screens are found in their appointed place behind the rear seat back. A useful luggage rack is fitted to accommodate a motoring trunk or suitcases.
An assortment of bills along with a photographic essay of the rebuild are supplied with the car.