7 June 2014 at 15:58 #50864

    There’s a rather nice looking DHC coming across the blocks in France on 22nd June…


    7 June 2014 at 16:48 #50865

    Even down to the 1950s cigarette in the case!

    7 June 2014 at 18:56 #50866

    Indeed. Obviously, it’s not without its faults. We can only see the nearside but the visible door isn’t sitting properly. The paint appears to be a bit of a blow over, judging by the Tickford badge close up, and I think I’m correct in saying that a black hood with beige upholstery is a non-standard spec.. However, it’s nice to see a car left with its correct steering wheel and, overall, this looks to be a good, honest, and extremely rare Mk 2 DHC.

    8 June 2014 at 09:43 #50871

    Ah, missed that thread.

    To address one point raised by others, neither Maroon nor Burgundy (or Regal Red or Dubonnet Rosso for that matter) were standard colours – the closest correct period paint hue was Amaranth, being a kind of dark metallic pink.

    8 June 2014 at 10:40 #50872

    I disagree with you on the car colour, i.m.o., the colour of this car is most likely to be Bristol Red, another factory colour.

    How do I know ? Well one of my dhc’s is painted this same colour. I also went up to see this car at H&H at the time, before my buying my second dhc, and it was an excellent match.

    The colour Amaranth red was it seems a very popular colour for the 3.0 dhc, I have now seen 3 cars with this colour, including my other dhc. It is a darker colour than the car for sale in France, and to my eye, most unflattering to the body shape.

    flat broke
    9 June 2014 at 01:37 #50878

    Hi again Simon,
    Do you have any shots of a DHC in Amaranth Red? That is also the original colour of PYR 255 (DHC 103). It was a forest green by the time we bought it. I never found much evidence of a red as the above car but there was an almost brown colour in some spots which I had assumed was a primer? Trim as the above car but tan top.

    9 June 2014 at 07:25 #50879

    Tony hi

    Will email you some pictures over.


    9 June 2014 at 16:09 #50881

    I disagree with you, slightly. I did not opine as to the actual colour of this car – I was merely referring to the description given. By the way, ‘Bristol red’, whatever that may be, was neither a Lagonda nor Aston Martin standard hue IIRC.

    As for the colour Amaranth Red (not a red at all, to my eye and that of others, but more of a dark metallic pink), it is actually a lighter colour than, say, Regal Red (which is a Rolls Royce hue). It is the original colour of one of my cars (as you know) and we are currently ‘matching’ some paint from (as it were) a generally inaccessible area. I happen to like it. 🙂

    9 June 2014 at 16:49 #50882

    A brief reply, “Bristol Red” is listed on the build sheet of my Fangio car, LB290/1/89 as the original colour. But, you have got me thinking, perhaps it was a one off for by the works ?

    This car has not been repainted and yes it shows. I have looked under the bonnet hinges, inside the boot, and also the inside of the doors with door cards removed, all the same colour.

    Amaranth red – I do agree this is a dark “metallic” pink and with significant age may even look slightly brownish underneath the top layer. Not sure about the “metallic addition”, but I think I understand what you mean. My second dhc is also painted this colour.

    You mention colour matching, will your paint people be using a colorimeter to match paint fragments or just by eye ? If they do get a good match, several people would be interested in the data, myself included.

    9 June 2014 at 17:00 #50883

    I am very sure that – back then as now – ‘Sir’ could have any colour desired. All I meant is that, if memory serves from reading my ‘Salesmans’ Guides’ which are not to hand, ‘Bristol Red’ was not a standard hue.

    ‘Metallic’ may well not be the correct description of what I mean – it’s just that I can’t think of a better word. It’s not brown at all, at least not to my eye.

    Re colour matching, they are getting an expert man in. I assume that they will use a machine but will ask. If I can get some kind of code to rehearse, I will post it on here.

    ray sherratt
    10 June 2014 at 19:46 #50886

    I rebuilt the engine for this Lagonda. The block was badly repaired after frost damage on the Continent. The engine
    was stipped to a bear block and sent to Cast Iron Welding in
    the Midlands. They made a superb job of the repair, beautifully
    soft and machineable. Rebuil with balanced crank. I would have
    to look up the job sheet for more details.


    10 June 2014 at 20:02 #50887

    So I guessed correctly that you work for Head-Shop, nice work indeed. I saw this car at H&H and the engine sounded very good at the time.

    I have also seen Cast Iron Welding’s work on a friends 3.0 cylinder head – beautiful work.

    ray sherratt
    10 June 2014 at 21:21 #50889

    I am semi retired, but yes I build engines for Headshop. Mostley
    Lagonda/Felthem, 7 at the moment. I all so worked clossley on
    the new Flint blocks, it`s difficult to retire when it`s in the


    25 June 2014 at 13:46 #50915

    I have been told that the car sold for ?54k, and the photographs flattered the car condition. This ties in with the condition of the car when I saw it at H&H two years ago, when it made ?38k.

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