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1938 Lagonda V12 Drop Head / 14068 Vehicle Information

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

1938 Lagonda V12 photograph

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This Lagonda, built in January 1938, is the first of the V12-engined Rapides. The 4.5-liter V12 was designed by W.O. Bentley after he left Rolls-Royce. This car, believed to be one of just 12 Rapides built to this design as a drophead coupe, was sold to the building magnate and car collector Sir Alfred McAlpine, who used it regularly until 1955. During a service visit to the Lagonda works in 1941, it was fitted with the four-carburetor setup used by the Lagonda team cars at LeMans in 1939. It has since spent decades in both the United States and Europe, and was owned for a time by Lord Anthony Bamford. At one point it received a ground-up four-year restoration, but in recent years it has rarely been shown in public.
Shortly after Rolls-Royce acquired the Bentley Company, W.O. Bentley moved to Lagonda. While at Lagonda, Bentley created a V-12, 60-degree engine with modern overhead valves with a single overhead camshaft for each cylinder blocks. The engine was both durable and lightweight, being created from numerous special metals. The engine was placed within a box-section frame with independent torsion-bar front suspension and hydraulic drum brakes.

Two V-12 Lagonda's raced at Le Mans in 1939 with Sanction II engines, with four carburetors apiece, and achieved 3rd and 4th overall and 1st and 2nd in Class.

Total Lagonda V-12 production reached 187 examples. Seventeen were built to the Rapide specification on the shortest 124-inch wheelbase chassis. Twelve of the cars had a drophead coupe body, drawn by Frank Feeley and produced in-house.

It is believed that this was the first Rapide drophead coupe produced. It was finished in 'mushroom' with a green leather interior and delivered in October of 1938 to Alfred James McAlpine. Mr. McAlpine returned the car to the Works in 1941 and upgraded with the so-called Sanction II 'Marine' upgrade, which included a revised firing order, and an intake manifold with four SU DAL carburetors.

Arthur Ormsby acquired it in December of 1955. It moved to the United States in the early 1960s and by November of 1961 it was in the ownership of Stephen A. Lincoln of New Jersey. It was eventually acquired from Mr. Lincoln's estate sale in 1983 by an individual in Massachusetts. Approximately two years later it was sold to Dr. Terry Bennett of New Hampshire. In 1991 it entered Knox Kershaw's collection.

In 1997 it was purchased by Dr. Winfried Kallinger of Austria who commissioned a restoration. The car was eventually sold the car to Lord Bamford, who had the body and interior refinished to the present color scheme of dark green over ivory. Mechanical work included overhauling the carburetors, rebuilding the throttle bodies, fitting new brake linings and hoses, and overhauling the centralized chassis lubrication system.


More recently the V-12 Rapide became part of an American Lagonda collection and was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2017, earning 1st in Class honors. In 2018 it was shown at the Concours d'Elegance at Hampton Court Palace.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019



2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Lot was not sold

1938 Lagonda V12 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 14036
Sold for USD$171,874
  2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 - 1939)
 
1938 Lagonda V12 'Le Mans'-style Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 16015
Sold for USD$267,677
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
 
1938 Lagonda V12 'Le Mans Replica' Tourer
Chassis#: SS 19221
Sold for USD$257,806
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Saloon
Chassis#: 14100
Sold for USD$54,880
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Brockman Coachwork by Brockman
Chassis#: 16019
Sold for USD$173,600
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1938 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: 14036
Sold for USD$230,959
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 14105
Sold for USD$82,880
  2014 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 14050
Sold for USD$340,653
  2014 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14034
Sold for USD$204,354
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Saloon De Ville
Chassis#: 14060
Sold for USD$114,177
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 14046
Sold for USD$290,889
  2010 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14064
Sold for USD$260,443
  2009 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Lagonda V12's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 LAGONDA V12 LE MANS REPLICA SPORTS TOURER140262021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $180,000$220,000
1938 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Drophead Coupe140682019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,200,000$1,500,000
1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé140502016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale $235,000$285,000
1938 Lagonda V12 Saloon De Ville160182004 Bonhams The Goodwood Revival $30,000$35,000

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Lagonda V12 Vehicle Profiles
Drop Head
Lagonda V12 Drop Head

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Drop Head
Lagonda V12 Drop Head

Model Year: 1938
Sedanca Coupe
Lagonda V12 Sedanca Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Drop Head
Lagonda V12 Drop Head

Chassis Num: 14068
Engine Num: 14068
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Lagonda V12 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Brockman
Chassis Num: 16019
Engine Num: V12/151
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Model Year: 1939
Profile

Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Model Year: 1939
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Model Year: 1939
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Model Year: 1939

Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 14054
Engine Num: V12/129-14054
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 14062
Engine Num: V12/109
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 14069
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 14091
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Tulipwood Boattail Racer |
Lagonda V12 Tulipwood Boattail Racer |

Chassis Num: 14095
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 14107
Engine Num: 14107
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Lagonda V12 Roadster

Chassis Num: 14108
Model Year: 1939
Profile
Drophead Coupe
Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 14113
Engine Num: 14113
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History


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