SRD8 July 2012 at 16:57 #49401
Another old 1950’s car, this one beyond hope imho…
But maybe a good tub and body for someone who needs one.
But up to 620 pounds already.
No engine, gearbox, loom gone, front seats gone, most components in engine bay, dash board etc….SRD12 July 2012 at 20:03 #49414
The car is now up to 970 pounds, so someone is desperate for a chassis or body with a damaged car to repair it seems ??Yesteryear classics19 July 2012 at 05:48 #49446
Won the bid on the Lagonda 3ltr saloon on bay! I have had many classic cars for personal pleasure and wanted something needing work.
It will be a long term project, along with other projects… 🙂
Any knowledge of this partucular cars history would be great!TVJL19 July 2012 at 08:07 #49448
Congratulations on your acquisition and great to hear that the car is going to be restored. If you can let me have the chassis number, I will see if my records contain anything about the car.
TimSRD19 July 2012 at 15:11 #49449
Might I suggest that you get in touch with Alan Heard through the Lagonda owners club. He will have details of original owner and any other susbquent owners known to the club. He is a very helpful and friendly man. He will also be able to tell you what the car registration number is, if you don’t have it on the car.
Quote your chassis number LB290/1/144.
Given the car is a 4 door, it a Mk 2 3.0 litre and from the chassis number, I would suggest build year will be 1955.
The club also sell a very useful service /parts manual for the car, for around 15 pounds. Well worth buying, it will identify the sources of many missing parts on your car.
You can also speak to James Foreshaw at Aston Service Dorset, they will have a copy of the original build sheet for your car. They charge around 40 pounds for this, very useful.
Did the car come with a V5 or old log-book, I guess not, the seller would have stated that on the auction. The Lagonda owners club can help you with these details, very helpful people.
I would advise you to start look for interior upholstery, trim, gauges and any missing chrome work for the car first. These items are all pretty well unique to the Lagonda.
The shared parts are the engine and gearbox with the Aston Martin DB2/4 and Mk 3. Do you have an engine or gearbox for the car ?
The 3.0 litre engines are very scarce and of course expensive, everyone wants a spare 3.0 litre engine. You will find that 2.6 litre engines do appear from time to time, an example just sold on eBay for 1900 pounds. The gearboxes are easier to find and sell for anywhere between 900-2000 pounds.
If you want any advice or help, please drop me an email through the forum.
SimonTVJL19 July 2012 at 20:19 #49451
LB/290/1/144 is recorded as a September 1955 car. The original engine number is said to be VB6H/479. As you will have noted from the information included in the auction listing, both numbers tie in with the photograph of the chassis plate. Such is the extent of the history contained within the records I have to hand at the moment. But, if I come across more I will post it here for you.Yesteryear classics20 July 2012 at 15:06 #49453
Many thanks for all replies! I will start by conducting those necessary checks with the people you advise! Def will go along the lines of ident missing parts…and dare i say, consider the Ford V6 Essex engine and box after reading members article on this forum. Until i retire or win lottery.Yesteryear classics20 July 2012 at 16:56 #49454
It will at least be saved and receive a sympathetic body restoration once mechanics/running gear has been done!Yesteryear classics21 July 2012 at 06:25 #49456
Is Robin Allum a member on this site for reference and guide on engine conversion…?SRD23 July 2012 at 11:32 #49459
You will need to join the Lagonda Owners Club to get his details and many of the other helpful members
He does not take part in any forums that I know of.
SimonYesteryear classics26 July 2012 at 21:30 #49461
Will join soon! Just collected the Lagonda and very very pleased! I suppose I was expecting it to be worse and surprised at its straightness, impressive size and parts whitch I thought were missing, like dash and trim parts…Colin M3427 July 2012 at 08:29 #49462
So actually, this could turn out to be a huge bargain.
I appreciate that it has lost its engine and gearbox, but at the price there is plenty of scope for a really good restoration of what you do have. Indeed, there may be much more expensive cars for sale with much worse chassis and body than this one might have.
I also think that anyway sometime in the future a correct engine and gearbox may surface.
Congratulations on winning what could turn out to be a very worthwhile project.
Colin M34Yesteryear classics27 July 2012 at 19:31 #49469
Oh and the Lagonda does have the loom!!!Yesteryear classics26 August 2012 at 11:29 #49563
Took the advice abd obtained the build sheet from James Forshaw, Aston services Dorset. The build sheet really is a facinating piece of history for my car. So thanks to those who recomended it.
It was 1st registered to Mr Keith Showering of the Babycham fame family. He took delivery of the car when new from Mendip Service Station on 19.4.57. Interestingly the 2nd owner was Mr Maynard of Maynard Wine Gums. He registered it from his facory address, Maynards sweets ltd, Vale Road Finsbury Park Haringey London N4. A strange connection unless they knew each other? I also work as a police officer in Haringey and visited the factory this week which is still there and a listed building!
Any further history and or original regustrationYesteryear classics26 August 2012 at 11:31 #49564
registration number would be great!
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