Two rare British coachbuilts at H&H Classics Duxford auction

Two rare British coachbuilts at H&H Classics Duxford auction

1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide Three Position Drophead Coupe
Est: £140,000 - £160,000*

Despatched from Lagonda’s Staines Works to the neighbouring Freestone and Webb coachbuilders of Willesden, chassis Z11149 was sold through Warwick Wright Ltd of Bond Street and first registered to a Mr H. Garside Esq - a permanent resident of the prestigious Waldorf Hotel in London's West End. Covering some 13,580 miles during the first seventeen months of his ownership, it was later exported to Canada in 1963. The car returned home to British soil in 1989, subsequently selling via Brooks Auctioneers into the hands of Simon Carrell Esq - the car's penultimate custodian. In 1999, Z11149 was prepared for the Lagonda Club's Alpine Rally and completed the 2000-mile tour, including many mountain passes without drama. Peter Whenman affectionately described 'BYU 647' in 2001 as follows - "Vintage Coachworks regularly uses the car and has found it to be a most reliable car, which motors and handles exceedingly well. This is indeed a very original Lagonda, in excellent condition and makes a fine continental touring car." 

Purchased by Keith Boardall in October 2001, the car has seen sparing use over the last two decades but is now ready for the next chapter of its life.  

1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Drophead Coupe
Est: £15,000 - £20,000*

This DB18 Special Sports features Barker's distinctive drophead coupé coachwork with bench front seat and single sideways-facing rear seat. It was manufactured in 1952 making it one of the last coachbuilt examples produced. Reputedly owned by Keith Boardall for in excess of 50 years, the skills of respected vehicle restorer David Royle were harnessed in July of 1999 and saw a comprehensive and full restoration, with absolutely no expense spared on the aesthetics or mechanical components. By December 2000, 'Bertie' was fit for the road once again having received £90,000 of documented and itemised renovation work. A leather-bound album accompanies the car, comprising 121 colour photographs showing work carried out throughout the entire process.

H&H Classics Auction - Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th May 2021

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