OWNING A LAGONDA
George Williamson has owned his 3-Litre since 1979. ‘When I found it the body wasn’t too bad but it had no running gear; I had to source an engine and gearbox. It was resprayed four years later and I haven’t touched the coachwork since. Running costs are reasonable given the car’s size.
‘Engine and transmission parts are relatively straightforward to find because many are shared with Aston Martins of that period. One mechanical challenge I faced in my early years of ownership was finding new oil seals for the front kingpins, but these are now available through the owners’ club.
‘However, I wouldn’t like to have to source another rack-and-pinion steering unit or a replacement rear axle. Another challenge is the oil thrower on the rear of the crank, which tends to leak.’