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1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe / 14107 Vehicle Information

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This Lagonda V12 Rapide was delivered to James Young in South London to have a special drophead coupe body fitted in October 1939. This chassis is one of just two Lagonda Rapides that does not carry the standard Frank Feeley-designed drophead coachwork, and it has a rear-mounted spare wheel instead of the side-mounted spares seen on factory-bodied cars. It was ordered for Anthony Gillson and his wife, American heiress Priscilla of Gloucestershire, England. Toward the end of the war, the car was purchased by Davies Motors, which had taken over servicing Lagondas following the closure of the factory in 1939. This car remained in England until 1957 when, with just 10,000 miles on the clock, it was exported to Australia and its new owner, a resident of New South Wales. In 2015 it was purchased by its current owner and sympathetically refurbished in New Zealand, still with less than 32,000 miles under its wheels.
It is believed that between 1938 and 1940, 190 examples of the 12-cylinder Lagondas were produced, and just 17 of those were Rapide models. Its particular Rapide example is equipped with a Sanction IV engine originally earmarked for Le Mans competition. The build sheet details instruction for 'No Bonnet; No Headlamps; 'Lo' Radiator Shell; No front wing assembly.' On October 25th of 1939, this short (124-inch wheelbase chassis) was delivered to coachbuilder James Young Ltd. in Bromley, Kent, to be fitted with custom coachwork. Unique features include a covered, rear-mounted spare tire, a split windshield, and Art Deco touches found in the fender-mounted parking lights and in its distinctive rear fender curves. With the full rear seat, this is a four-passenger car.

The original owner was Major Godfrey Anthony Gillson of Cornwell Manor. After he passed away in 1944, this Rapide was purchased by Lagonda's former factory manager Jim Davies. In 1957, the car passed to Jim Whitehead, an Australian owned several V-12 Lagondas during his lifetime. The car would remain in Mr. Whitehead family's care for the next 58 years. The current owner acquired it in 2015, and began a thorough and authentic restoration over a period of two years. The work cost approximately $500,000. The exterior is finished in dark green with a black canvas convertible top. Chrome can be found o the beltline molding, rear fender stone guards, and wheel discs. The interior is upholstered in tan Connolly leather. There is a walnut dashboard and a full array of gauges.

In 2018, it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won First in Class after completing the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019


Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
Lot was not sold

1939 Lagonda V12 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Lagonda V12 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 16061
Sold for USD$79,211
  2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 - 1939)
 
1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14069
Sold for USD$297,419
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
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1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14116
Sold for USD$92,960
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1939 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14062
Sold for USD$307,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1939 Lagonda V12 image  1939 Lagonda V12 image  
1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 14113
Sold for USD$458,700
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1939 Lagonda V12 image  1939 Lagonda V12 image  
1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide
Chassis#: 14091
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1939 Lagonda V12 image  1939 Lagonda V12 image  
1939 Lagonda V12 Sedanca De Ville Project
Chassis#: 18018
Sold for USD$50,264
  2015 Bonhams : The Summer Classic Sale
 
1939 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 14062
Sold for USD$304,640
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba
1939 Lagonda V12 image  1939 Lagonda V12 image  
1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: 14106
Sold for USD$688,738
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14092
Sold for USD$329,769
  2013 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 14065
Sold for USD$526,654
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster
Chassis#: 14115
Sold for USD$990,000
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1939 Lagonda V12 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 14080
Sold for USD$114,530
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1939 Lagonda Rapide Tulipwood Boattail Racer
Sold for USD$451,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1939 Lagonda V12
Sold for USD$451,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1939 Lagonda V12 image  1939 Lagonda V12 image  
1939 Lagonda V12 Saloon
Chassis#: 16032
Sold for USD$45,588
  2004 Coys- British and Continental Sports and Touring cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Lagonda V12's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Lagonda V12 Sports Saloon160612020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction $60,000$80,000
1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe140922020 H & H Imperial War Museum Duxford $300,000$400,000
1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Drophead Coupe141072019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $900,000$1,200,000
1939 Lagonda V12 Sedanca de Ville180212015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1939 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupe140542015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $375,000$475,000
1939 LAGONDA V12 SALOON141052014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $80,000$100,000
1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPÉ140592014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $180,000$240,000
1939 Lagonda Rapide Tulipwood Boattail Racer 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $400,000$500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1938 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1938 Drop Head
Chassis Num: 14068
Engine Num: 14068

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Brockman
Chassis Num: 16019
Engine Num: V12/151

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1939 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: 14054
Engine Num: V12/129-14054

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1939 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: 14062
Engine Num: V12/109

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1939 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 14107
Engine Num: 14107
Chassis information for the Lagonda V12 LeMans
1939 Roadster
Chassis Num: 14108

Chassis information for the Lagonda V12
1939 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: 14113
Engine Num: 14113

1939 Lagonda V12

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