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LOT 73

1934 Lagonda M45 ST34 'Silent Travel' Pillar-less Saloon Registration no. RV 4443 Chassis no. Z10695 Engine no. M45/121

Sold for £75,375 inc. premium
Lot 73
1934 Lagonda M45 ST34 'Silent Travel' Pillar-less Saloon
Registration no. RV 4443 Chassis no. Z10695 Engine no. M45/121

1934 Lagonda M45 ST34 'Silent Travel' Pillar-less Saloon
Registration no. RV 4443
Chassis no. Z10695
Engine no. M45/121

Odometer reading: TBC
MOT: Exempt

*Restored by Geoffrey Seaton
*Present ownership since 1991
*Unused since 2015
*Requires re-commissioning

'RV 4443' is illustrated in Lagonda – An Illustrated History 1900-1950 by Geoffrey Seaton, who had purchased it in 1982. Seaton acquired 'RV 4443' in need of restoration, which he completed with his characteristic attention to detail (see photographic record on file). The vendor advises that during Seaton's ownership the Lagonda was placed first in every concours he entered, and was 'an inspirational example of how a car should be restored'. In 1989 Seaton sold the car to Barry Banham of Hertfordshire, whose ownership appears short-lived, as the present owner purchased it from George Dodds on 21st January 1991 (receipt on file). From that point, the vendor logged every journey taken, the odometer mileage, and all work done on the car. He participated in many events and trips, taking the Lagonda as far north as Inverness on a Scottish rally in 2006 (it has a heater!). The log stops in 2015, since when the car has not been used due to a change in domestic circumstances. It has, however, been started regularly and driven at the owner's home. It is a sign of the owner's regard and affection for this car that it is the last of his collection to be sold. 'RV 4443' is well known in Lagonda circles and also appears in Arnold Davey's book Lagonda 4½ Litre & V12 in Detail 1933-40. Accompanying documentation includes a current V5C; an old V5; an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1955); a quantity of expired MoT certificates; assorted invoices, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers; and the aforementioned driver's log and restoration photographic record. Presently on SORN.


Vendor Score Total: 99 /100

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Key for sellers' assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 5
Paint: 5
Glass: 5
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
Wheels/Tyres: 5

Gearbox/Clutch: 5
Axles: 5
Suspension: 5
Brakes: 5

Seats: 4
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
Headlining: 5
Trim: 5

Main components: 5
Ancillary components: 5

Starting: 5
Running: 5
Under Bonnet: 5
Mechanical components: 5

Car History File: 5

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  • 10 December 2021, 09:00 - 18:00 GMT

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