by R.M. Clarke
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Having built motorcycles in the early part of the century Lagonda made a few cars prior to 1919. The company's founder died in 1920 and thereafter the cars became more conventional. The cars have always had a sporting tradition, entering several of the long distance events.
The road cars were grand tourers and sports cars with a high reputation. The small factory could not cope and went into receivership. The firm was saved and the LG range was introduced. Financial troubles loomed after the war and the company was merged with Aston Martin in 1948. Production was moved to Newport Pagnell and after model changes the Lagonda name was not used from 1958 to 1961 when the Rapide was introduced.
This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, new model introductions, technical and specification data, racing, components, driver's impressions, development. Models covered include: 11hp, 11.9hp coupe, saloon, 12/24 saloon, 14/60 tourer, 16/65, 2-litre Speed Model, 3-litre, 2-litre supercharged, Selector Special, 16/80, 4.5-litre Six, Rapier, Rapide, V12, Saloon de Ville, Le Mans, 2.6-litre, 2.5-litre Drophead Coupe, DB Saloons.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Gold Portfolio series have 172 - 180 pages with approximately 300 illustrations.
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