CC Capsule: Do You Carry Parts For A 1952 Lagonda Drop Head Coupe?

CC Commentator Alistair posted this superb 1952 Loagonda at the CC Cohort, which he obviously shot at the parts store. We can hope the owner was looking for something generic, rather than a generator or a set of points. Alistair was a bit uncertain about the exact year, so he did some detective work, and found a link to a complete write-up on this very car (well, how many are out there anyway?) Here’s the whole detailed story. Which also says that there are still 28 of these registered, out of 511 built. Some highlights after the jump, as well as another great shot.

From that site:

The first new automobile produced by Lagonda after its purchase by David Brown in 1947 was the 2.6-Litre. It was named for the new high-tech straight-6 engine which debuted with the car. The so-called Lagonda Straight-6 engine was designed by W. O. Bentley and would propel Lagonda’s new parent company, Aston Martin, to fame. The 2.6-Litre was a larger car than the Aston Martins and was available as either a 4-door closed car or, from 1949, a 2-door convertible “Drophead Coupé”, both with 4 seats. The drophead was originally bodied by Tickford and finally by Lagonda, at the time not part of Aston Martin. A Mark II version appeared in 1952, in closed form only, with engine power increased to 125 bhp. The car sold reasonably well, in spite of being an expensive car and being launched so soon after the war, with 511 examples made, when production ended in 1953. Only 28 are still registered. There were 125 of the post war convertibles produced, only 12 are left and only 16 Saloons. The car had a separate chassis and all independent suspension using coil springs at the front and torsion bars at the rear. At introduction it was believed to be the only all-independently sprung British car. A drophead version tested by The Motor magazine in 1949 had a top speed of 90.2 mph (145.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 17.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 17 miles per imperial gallon (17 L/100 km; 14 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost �3,420 including taxes. The Pound Sterling at the time was about $ 3.00/Canadian or $ 9,000.00

They also point out that the Lagonda’s 2.6 L DOHC six was the engine that powered the Aston-Martin DB2, which also enjoyed considerable success on the racing circuits of its time. Great find, Alistair!