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1939 Lagonda V12 Tulipwood Boattail Racer | / 14095 Vehicle Information

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Sold for $451,000 at 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction.
Wilbur Gunn constructed his first self-propelled vehicle in 1899; it was a motorized bicycle with an engine of his own design that powered the front wheel. Soon, his backyard greenhouse had been converted into a factory used for constructing belt-driven motorcycles. Gunn, an American opera singer living in England, had selected the name 'Lagonda' from an Ohio creek. The creek had been named after a Shawnee Indian phrase.

By 1907, the first Lagonda vehicle had been constructed. By the mid-1920s he had created an engine that utilized an overhead valve with a hemi-head. The engine displaced two-liters and had twin cams high in the block. The cars powered by these engines were called the 14/60. The cars quickly gained a reputation for their potent engines and their equally impressive brakes.

The first true sports car created by Lagonda appeared near the close of 1927. It was based on the 14/60 and given two-liter engine with twin carburetors and a higher compression ratio. Top speed was in the neighborhood of eighty miles per hour.

Within a year, a larger version of the engine was introduced, now displacing three-liters. The engines gained a reputation for their durability and longevity which helped in longer endurance races.

The Type M45 was shown at the 1934 London Motor Show. Under the bonnet was a Meadows six-cylinder pushrod engine. The M45R was formed by applying modifications to the engine. This version was used in the Rapide models and powered the winning car of the 1935 LeMans 24-Hour race for Lagonda.

With the help of W.O. Bentley, the first LG-Series car made their appearance in 1935. The engine size and performance continued to grow throughout the years. Soon, the engine was displacing 4.5-liters. In 1939 two specially bodied V12 Lagonda's finished 1st and 2nd in Class at the 24-Hours of LeMans. They had finished the race in 3rd and 4th position overall.

This 1939 Lagonda Rapide V-12 Tulipwood Tourer was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca where it was estimated to sell between $400,000-$500,000. It is powered by a 4480-cc Double-Overhead Camshaft V12 engine that produces an impressive 225 horsepower. The car has a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic Dewandre power assisted drums brakes.

This car is very unique with its boat-tail bodied and torpedo-style cycle fenders of tulipwood with brass rivets. On each side of the vehicle there are six chromed exhaust pipes that exit from under the hood and into two very large mufflers and tailpipes. The center-lock wire wheels are plated in copper and are a brilliant compliment to the vehicle and its color-tone.

Located in the front are a pair of Zeiss headlamps with exposed horns sitting just below the lamps. The upholstery of the car, including the drivers compartment and the rear passenger compartment, is tufted oxblood leather. The dashboard is wooden with white-on-black instrumentation.

This car was part of a Japanese collection before being brought to the United States in the 1990s. The very early history of the car is still in question. The car has made appearances at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Cranbrook Concours d'Elegance, and the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance.

At auction, this one-off handcrafted vehicle was left unsold. A short time later it was shown at the 2006 Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance. It returned to Monterey in 2007 where it was part of the Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $400,000-$500,000. It left the auction under new ownership, selling for $451,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007



2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $451,000

2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
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
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1939 LAGONDA V12 DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 14113
Sold for USD$458,700
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
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1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide
Chassis#: 14091
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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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
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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
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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 Saloon 2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $70,000$100,000
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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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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