SRD22 May 2014 at 09:39 #50817
A 1950 Lagonda 2.6 saloon complete for sale on eBay at ?8,500:
This has registration number LXF 343 and is known to the club.
Car is for sale in Rutland, and has been available for a fair while.SRD23 May 2014 at 12:03 #50824
Another chancer has got hold of one of these fine cars.
The advert makes it clear, he will split the engine and box if he gets the right price.
Such a shame that the 2.6 saloon is still unloved…SRD27 May 2014 at 20:19 #50835
The car has a single bid at the ?8,500 asking price, so it may have sold.fox5 June 2014 at 18:09 #50851
I bought it. I was planning to build a Lagonda based sports special. However the bodywork is remarkably good straight and unmolested subject to one dent that can easily be fixed. The paperwork verifies the mileage at 50,000 with an engine supplied and fitted by Aston Martin 10,000 miles ago (and renumbered by Aston with the number of the original engine). The interior is really shot. I am undecided as to what I will do. Does anyone need an excellent donor body to save another car?SRD6 June 2014 at 16:50 #50859
Congratulations on your purchase !
Might I suggest an advert in the club monthly gazette for ?5, this should flush out a useable and restorable set of seats and also door cards. There really is a fair amount of stuff around.
Might I ask what the underside of the car is like ? The sills, door opening and under-body wood-work ?fox6 June 2014 at 20:24 #50863
the cruciform chassis is good. there appears to be a steel longitudinal sill which has surface rust on the driver’s side but is rusted through on the kerb side.
door frames, door bottoms all fine.
not sure what woodwork there is underneath but the interior woodwork is shot and so I expect most woodwork will be rotten.
it runs and drives but the brake pipes to the front are missing. the handbrake works. the clutch works.
I haven’t so much as put on a jack yet!SRD8 June 2014 at 10:54 #50873
If there is surface rust on the off-side (drivers side) outer sill which you can see, then you can expect it to be pretty much rotten on the inner sill section as well – all pretty normal.
On the near side, I imagine the tin-worm will have done extensive and costly damage.
Removing the rear seat squab might also give some nasty surprises, ditto with the upright rear seat section.
All this is repairable, but costly if you cannot do it yourself. I would recommend having an outside firm do this, so it is done correctly and more importantly safety is paramount. Additionally, the doors will not fit properly, and the shut-lines will all be wrong, unless of course you are comfortable with so much welding.
Underneath the aluminium outer sill covering, which the 2 doors close over, is a wooden sill, made up of several pieces of wood. This is a very much standard feature on all the DB-Lagonda’s of the 1950’s, these have also normally rotted out. I have a pattern for this, and if I recall another forum user from Canada has uploaded excellent pictures with measurements for these as well.
You might also want to check inside the rear wheel arches, inside the boot wood-work, under the dash etc. If you are feeling adventurous, there is buckets of wood in the rear compartment of the car as well.
The door capping’s and wood dash-board are the decorative stuff and the least of your problems on these cars; that is dare I say it more straightforward to sort out.
Several people in the club have restored 2.6 litre cars in a far worst state than this car. So it is worth joining and asking for help if you intend to restore the car.
In my opinion, these cars look very nice in a 2-tone colour scheme.
Brake hoses being missing – these can be replaced, I imagine all the wheel cylinders will be seized, and will need to be overhauled/replaced and master cylinder ditto.
All depends how much you can and want to do?
Best of luck
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