An entire Aston Martin racing Lagonda team that campaigned at Brooklands and Le Mans is being offered for the first time at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale on 18 September.
The glorious four 1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis will return to the Goodwood motor circuit more than 50 years after being reunited in a significant single-owner collection.
Wearing consecutive registration numbers PK9201 to PK 9204, the Aston Martin quartet was originally owned by a syndicate of Hertfordshire enthusiasts and run by Fox & Nicholl, the Lagonda main dealer in Tolworth Surrey, in that year’s racing season. It was on their first debut at the Brooklands Double Twelve endurance race the team finished second, third, and sixth in their class.
Later that season the quartet campaigned in the BARC Six-hour race and Tourist Trophy, where PK 9202 finished an impressive 9th overall, steering the Lagonda outfit towards winning the Team Prize and Mobiloil cup. One of the four, PK 9203 even entered the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Tim Rose Richards and the Hon Brian Ellis behind the wheel.
Following their retirement in 1930, the four were sold off to different owners and then reunited in the late 1960s and early 1970s when acquired by the late Captain Ivan Forshaw and his son Richard. Captain Forshaw made his name as a Lagonda specialist in the 1930s and would later establish Aston Service Dorset.
1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis – PK 9201
Registered on the same day as the other three 2-Litre Lagondas offered, PK 9201’s original logbook was issued on April 30, 1929. The original engine number recorded in that surviving logbook is ‘1597’, but that entry is crossed-out and engine number ‘1156’ entered above which is certainly consecutive with the engine numbers applied to the power units of its three sisters (estimate: £200,000 – £300,000).
1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis – PK 9202
This 2-Litre was sold by Tim Rose-Richards on behalf of PERR Syndicate c. 1930 and was owned subsequently by Ralph Clarke, Suffolk Power Plant & Engineering Co, Lowestoft, Suffolk c. 1945. Its engine number was recorded as ‘2B 1143’ which was a supercharged engine from 1930/31 and carries an estimate of £200,000 – £300,000.
1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis – PK 9203
This is the very 2-Litre Lagonda which was campaigned in the 1929 Le Mans 24-Hour race by Tim Rose Richards and the Hon. Brian Lewis – later Lord Essendon, both of whom became such celebrated figures with the British and International motor racing scene of the late-1920s/1930s and is values at £300,000 – £400,000.
1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis – PK 9204
This particular 2-Litre (estimate: £200,000 – £300,000) was bought new by Robin Jackson but not painted black over white like its sisters, ‘PK 9201’-‘9203’, probably being finished in green or black initially. It appears to have been raced by Jackson but managed by Fox while Mrs Field-Richards also competed with it. Owners:
Mrs Field-Richards (née Waddy) – 1931 and sold 1934
Dan Hagen, Red House, Hempstead, Holt, Norfolk – April 1938
Ivan Forshaw, 415 Ringwood Road, Parkstone, Dorset – 1967
Tim Schofield, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars UK: “We are delighted to offer this collection which was the particular pride and joy of Captain Forshaw, a lifelong Lagonda enthusiast. This is a unique opportunity to acquire an entire racing team from the golden era. With their racing pedigree, we hope to see at least one of the four on track at next year’s Revival.”
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