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I realise that many on this site will not share my interest and passion for old motor cars but they are things I have loved since I was a young boy. And some old cars, like this 1929 Lagonda 3-litre Special, appeal not only on account of the superb quality of their engineering, which was top-class in their day, but also because I believe they have a definite beauty of their own.

For those interested, this impressive machine has a seven-bearing six-cylinder overhead valve engine of 2931cc with magneto ignition and twin carburettors. Only 571 of this model were produced between 1929 and 1934, though from 1933 engine size was increased to 3181cc.

Interestingly, the Lagonda company was set up in Staines, Middlesex in 1906 by an American, Wilbur Gunn, a former opera singer with a passion for engineering. He had gained British citizenship and moved to Staines, working as a speedboat engineer and also building motorcycles in a shed in his back garden. From some early success and progressing to the building of cars, the business flourished and, by the 1920s, Gunn was producing increasingly larger, more luxurious and more expensive motor cars which would vie with Rolls Royce and Bentley.

Incidentally, Gunn named the company after the Shawnee settlement "Lagonda" in modern-day Springfield, Ohio, the town of his birth.

During World War II the Lagonda factory was taken over for the war effort, becoming one of Britain's largest gun and ammunition production plants. But in 1947, the company was taken over by David Brown and moved in with Aston Martin, which he had also bought, in Feltham, Middlesex. Since then the Lagonda name has cropped up on one or two occasions on vehicles which have otherwise essentially been Aston Martin models.

Taken at the annual Vintage and veteran Rally in Biggar in 2018.

ISO 200, 1/400 sec at f/4, focal length 50mm.

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