16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 82

1925 Lagonda 12/24
1 of just 5 known survivors

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: YM 221
Chassis No: 7122
MOT: Exempt

  • Innovative rivetted semi-monocoque construction and 1 of only 2,250 made
  • Restored by previous custodian Walter Beesley who had it re-registered with the DVLA in 1991 and garaged alongside a Lagonda M45 for years
  • Much improved during the current ownership including: magneto and starter motor overhauls, partial re-wiring, re-plated brightwork, radiator refurbishment, rejuventated motometer and bonnet / front wings repainted
  • A very rare and interesting Vintage Light Car

Although best known as a manufacturer of sports and luxury cars, Lagonda began by making motorcycles and tri-cars before progressing to a series of highly innovative Light Car designs culminating in the 12/24 of 1924. Weighing just 12cwt (c.600kg), the newcomer was of semi-monocoque construction – like the Lancia Lambda – whereby its chassis and lower body were assembled as a single integral unit. Powered by a 1460cc four-cylinder engine allied to three-speed manual transmission, the 12/24 also featured a revised back axle with spiral bevel final drive and improved rear wheel drum brakes (fronts were an optional extra). Capable of over 50mph and 40mpg, the Lagonda was praised by the contemporary motoring press for its hillclimbing ability and high-quality fittings / fixtures. Of the 2,250 12/24 cars thought to have been completed, just five survivors are known to the Lagonda Club.

Issued with the London registration number ‘YM 221’ on 30th November 1925 and surviving WW2, this decidedly rare Lagonda belonged to Roger Seabrook Esq by the early 1970s. Extensively refurbished by subsequent keeper J. Cortese Esq including attention to its engine, gearbox and dynamo etc, the four-seater still required finishing when Walter Beesly Esq bought it from a Coys auction during Winter 1990. Re-registered with the DVLA in 1991, the 12/24 later spent twenty years stabled alongside a 1934 Lagonda M45 T7 Tourer. Dry stored for a decade before entering the current ownership during 2020, the 12/24 has since benefited from overhauls of its radiator, starter motor, magneto and Motometer. The bonnet and front wings were repainted and most of the brightwork refurbished. Presenting as an older restoration ‘YM 221’ is variously rated by the vendor as being ‘very good’ (engine, electrical equipment), ‘good’ (gearbox, bodywork, paintwork) or ‘average’ (interior trim). Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, sundry expired MOT certificates, handwritten provenance, various restoration photos and recent invoices totalling over £3,000.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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