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LAGONDA 3 LITRE T2

Year of man­u­fac­ture 1930 Recorded mileage 6796 Ask­ing price £110,000 Ven­dor Tom Hard­man, near Pre­ston, Lancs; tel: 07803 585628/01756 719056; www.tomhard­man.co.uk WHEN IT WAS NEW Price £650 (chas­sis only) Max power 75bhp Max torque n/a 0-60mph n/a Top speed 83mph Mpg 20

This hand­some and tidy-look­ing 3 Litre was re­built from a low-chas­sis sa­loon (car Z9007), hav­ing been found derelict in a field in 1990. Just 66 3 Litres are be­lieved to re­main. The chas­sis side rails had to be re­placed with new repli­cas dur­ing the re­build, though the cross­mem­bers are orig­i­nal. The replica T2 Tour­ing body is nicely made, dead straight and in very good or­der, with the only blem­ish be­ing one tiny bit of wear to the fab­ric at the edge of the left-hand bon­net leaf. The chrome on the ra­di­a­tor shell and Lucas head­lights is all good, and the wheels pass the spoke test; they’re shod with Fire­stones, two-thirds worn and prob­a­bly new at restora­tion, with the same on the spare. It wears a lovely, swoopy pair of alu­minium run­ning boards.

The seat leather, beau­ti­fully made by the late Anne Tay­lor, is hold­ing up ex­tremely well, while tak­ing on a lovely patina – like­wise the dash­board, stocked with match­ing Smiths in­stru­ments and fronted by a nice Bluemel’s sprung wheel, with a use­ful spot­light on the right ’screen pil­lar. The car­pets are newish and the hood is ser­vice­able, but there are no sidescreens.

The Lagonda has cov­ered only 17,000 miles in the 18 years since the restora­tion, and is in ba­si­cally good me­chan­i­cal health. The mo­tor is of ‘used’ ap­pear­ance, filled with wa­ter­less coolant, and the oil is brown­ish but a good level – checked by a dip­stick rather than a float on this car.

The 2931cc straight-six starts eas­ily with a lovely tim­bre and goes very well, though the clutch – to the right of the cen­tre throt­tle – feels a bit soft. Lagondas of this pe­riod have a right-hand gearchange with a back-to-front pat­tern (first and se­cond in the right-hand plane) and can be awk­ward, though this is prob­a­bly the nicest we’ve tried, giv­ing a fast change that’s easy to mas­ter. It tracks straight, with no no­tice­able slop in the steer­ing, the oil pres­sure is 45psi on the move and it didn’t get hot. A very us­able, fast tourer – it will cruise com­fort­ably at 65-70mph, at around 2500rpm – with de­cent brakes, and still half the price of a Bent­ley 3 Litre.

SUM­MARY

EX­TE­RIOR

Good replica body

IN­TE­RIOR

Lovely patina to the leather; nice dash­board

ME­CHAN­I­CALS

Goes well; good gearchange for a Lagonda

VALUE ++++++++,,

For Very us­able

Against Re­bod­ied; no sidescreens

SHOULD I BUY IT?

Yes, if you want a car for driv­ing rather than show­ing. The price re­flects the over­all con­di­tion and slightly non-orig­i­nal sta­tus

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