Lagonda V12 Lancefield Le Mans Coupé 1939


Lagonda V12 Coupe 1939


Lagonda V12 Lancefield Le Mans Coupé 1939

  • Origin United Kingdom
  • Engine 4,479 cc, V12
  • Top speed 128 mph (206 km/h)

Lagonda improved its fortunes in the 1930s with a superb V12 engine, which powered two roadsters to 3-4 finishes at Le Mans in 1939. This coupé was finished too late to join them.

THE LE MANS 24 - 17th - 18th June 1939 Two cars were entered. From the outset W. O. Bentley made it clear that no attempt would be made for a Lagonda win that year, finishing was the name of the game, this was meant to be just to a proving run in preparation of a serious attempt in 1940. The cars came home 3rd and 4th overall and 1st and 2nd in their class. A result that most motor manufacturers could only dream of today. Both cars had covered at least 2,000 miles at an average speed of just over 83 m.p.h. This particular car is from the stable of the well known and renowned Lagonda V12 expert. It has been prepared to a very high standard and restored in the style of the Le Mans, race car's and comes complete with F.I.A. approval documentation. The V12 engine has been rebuilt with the four carburettor conversion and to unleaded petrol specification. The Aluminium body, fuel tank, dash and instruments are faithful to the Le Mans Team Car specification, with an additional speedometer fitted to the transmission tunnel, so as not to spoil the dash board.