The 1939 RAC Rally Lagonda 2-Litre Supercharged Tourer
Chassis Number OH10088
Engine Number OH1837
The Aston Workshop is proud to offer this quite remarkable 1932 Lagonda Supercharged Tourer. This vehicle is in the classic green body colour complimented by a superb red leather interior.
A development of the Lagonda 2-Litre that was driven by Andre D'Erlanger and Douglas Hawkes to 11th place overall at the 1928 Le Mans 24-Hour race, the low chassis model was introduced the following year. Benefiting from a redesigned front axle (complete with rerouted braking system) and rear suspension spacers etc, its reduced centre of gravity resulted in notably sharper handling.
First registered on 4th March 1932 it began life as a normal aspirated 'Low Chassis' car.
First registered on 4th March 1932, this Lagonda 2-Litre fabric-bodied tourer began life as a normally aspirated 'low chassis' model. Acquired by the vendor in November 2005, it had been in the preceding, enthusiast owner's hands since 1966, sharing its stabling with a number of other Lagondas. Its original owner is reputed to have returned the car to the works soon after purchase to be upgraded with a Cozette supercharger, although the switch to forced induction was not marked on the engine identification plate. In 1939, this car was one of four Lagondas entered in the RAC Rally. Driven by C E Littler, 'PJ 3812' finished 15th in Group III (open cars 10-15hp), the highest class-finish of the four and a highly creditable achievement against predominantly younger and theoretically faster opposition.
During the 1990s the car was treated to major refurbishment, the engine being rebuilt by a marque specialist, the radiator overhauled, the instruments reconditioned and the odometer reset to zero. At the time of acquisition in 2005 it had covered some 9,400-or-so miles since completion, including three trips to the Continent, the most recent of which was a second outing to the Circuit des Ardennes last summer. Since acquisition by the vendor the car has been kept in dry storage as part of a small private collection and professionally maintained. Finished in green with red leather interior.
She was one of the works team at the 1939 RAC rall where, driven by C.E. Littler is came home 15th securing the highest Lagonda placing that year. It was rated then, by the RAC index as 13hp - there is a picture on file from the Beaulieu archive of the car on "Rest-and-be-Thankfull" hill on that event. It was a regular at Brooklands at both relay races and the famous "Lagonda Fetes" organised by the Tresethellian Family.
It is in the programme for this year's Brookklands Centenary and will be invited back for ever It is in SUPERB order, with a huge history file.
We would strongly recommend a personal viewing of this really quite special piece of Engineering, for those interested please contact the Aston Workshop to arrange a visit.