Barn-stored, one-off Lagonda V12 heads to auction: Special saloon by famed coachbuilder Hooper has just 39,809 miles

Unique saloon by famed coachbuilder Hooper has just 39,809 miles



1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

This distinctive Lagonda V12 initially hails from the collection of Harry Ellard, who kept it from 1952 until 1984 in a huge barn. Photo by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper grille Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The V12 was Lagonda’;s masterpiece, produced proper before the war. Photo by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper rear plate Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The design and style of the rear is traditional Hooper. Photograph by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper in a barn Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The profile is reminiscent of Hooper’;s other efforts, though the vehicle is a bit shorter than some of the larger Rolls-Royce cars. Photo by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper dash Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The interior featured very a progressive layout for the time. Photo by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper seat Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The leather is not in as poor a shape as 1 would count on right after decades of storage. Photograph by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper instruments Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The interiors is in fact quite effectively preserved. Photograph by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper engine Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The V12 will consider some sorting. Photograph by Silverstone Auctions.

1939 Lagonda V12 by Hooper dash Photo by: Silverstone Auctions

The amount of stuccoed dust is extraordinary. Photo by Silverstone Auctions.

Lagonda is now a nameplate connected with Aston Martin even although the 2 companies’; histories have been closely intertwined for the previous half century, Lagonda was as soon as an independent marque whose creations rivaled individuals from Crewe and Newport Pagnell. The marque’;s historical versions are uncommon on any side of the pond now, but each when in a whilst we see a single of its cars make a grand entrance.

This V12 2-door Hooper saloon was a one particular-off created for the wife of the proprietor of Hooper Bodies Ltd. and was first registered in 1939, 2 years following the debut of Lagonda’;s 5,509cc V12. The layout of the physique itself is the embodiment of Hooper’;s “Razor Edge” design and style, though possibly not its most radical expression. As with numerous celebrated Hooper types of the 1930s, the body functions square, upright doors, and a extended and substantial hoodline major to a short and slanted windshield. The fenders, as on this illustration, tended to be on the “heavy” side visually, even though the lines are fairly classy and wonderfully proportioned.

This Lagonda V12 weathered the war in storage and was then sold to industrialist Harry Ellard in 1952, with 19,226 miles on the clock at that time. Ellard was quite productive and was one of the wealthiest men and women in the Midlands, obtaining created his fortune in the metal-pressing enterprise. He was also a auto collector and was mentioned to have the tendency to obtain the most recent and the very best vehicles just as they have been debuting. The Lagonda was in his possession till July 1984, when it was sold off along with some 40 other autos that have been stored in a big barn in the English countryside.

By most accounts, Ellard liked driving new automobiles and hardly ever drove any a single particular auto for much more than a yr given that he was consistently acquiring new vehicles. Moreover, he tended to stop driving a offered car at the first signal of (frequently small) mechanical issues. As these are mid-century vehicles we’;re talking about, that meant that autos have been normally parked at the twenty,000-mile mark when something went just wrong adequate to prevent the vehicle from starting. In spite of his extensive wealth, Ellard was not interested in maintaining all his automobiles in operating condition all the time, and as a consequence his barn was filled with relatively lower-mileage cars that had been either comatose or in desperate want of a simple services appointment.

We spoke to R.G. Wood-Muller, president of the U.S. chapter of the Lagonda Owners Club, who had seen this auto just prior to that 1984 sale. Wood-Muller told us that he had the likelihood to see most of Ellard’;s autos at the quite barn in the Midlands exactly where they have been stored in the early 1980s, although going to a pal in the U.K. He remembered seeing the Lagonda in the Ellard collection, and upon seeing the photos in the existing auction catalog, in 2014, remarked that it appears to be in the exact same cosmetic problem as when he noticed it final.

Hooper’;s heyday was truly the early 1930s, when the coachbuilder worked with Rolls-Royce chassis. The organization drew on historical past and experience dating back to 1805 and provided numerous members of the British royal family members, including several reigning monarchs such as King William IV and Queen Victoria. Hooper managed to move virtually seamlessly into aircraft and car manufacturing in the course of the Very first World War, even though for the duration of the program of the next 2 decades they focused their consideration (as did a fantastic several other coachbuilders in Britain and on the continent) on the most unique vehicles. Hooper was eventually bought out by Britain’;s Daimler, even though it continued developing bespoke bodies prior to going dormant in the 1950s.

Soon after the 1984 sale that saw Ellard’;s cars offered off, this Lagonda didn’;t receive a restoration and stayed in its 2nd owner’;s assortment till 2001, when it traded 1 storage room for one more. The car is believed to be in the exact same issue mechanically as it was found in Ellard’;s collection in 1984, which is possibly self-evident after a single glimpse at the images.

This car will be supplied by Silverstone Auctions at their April twelve sale at the NEC in Birmingham, England, alongside a couple other extraordinary time capsules, like the Aston Martin DBS twins.

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