Keen buyer beats the hammer by days
Rarity and originality are manna from heaven in the current classic car boom, and this pre-war Lagonda has both in spades. Originally due to go under the hammer in three days’ time, one buyer didn’t fancy his chances in a bidding war and made an offer the vendor couldn’t refuse.
The sum involved hasn’t been disclosed, but we can only assume it was way north of the £75,000 to £100,000 estimate. The 1939 V12 was destined to go into Silverstone Auctions’ Restoration Show Sale at the NEC this weekend.
It had everything going for it to create a bidding frenzy: matching numbers, originality and solid history. The two-door saloon was built for the wife of the owner of Hooper Bodies, amongst the most noted coachbuilders of the time. The outbreak of WW2 just weeks after the car was built meant it went into storage where it remained until it was sold to Harry Ellard in 1952.
It went into auction in 1984 as part of the Ellard collection, taking pride of place on the front cover of the catalogue. In 2001 it changed hands again and has since been stored away, gathering dust and value.
Despite the fact the Lagondas has to be scratched off the auction catalogue, there are another 80 classic cars to get your bidding hand raising…