Think that you have seen all things vintage when it comes to cars? Think again! One of the world’s rarest cars is set up for auction. The V12-engined Lagonda Hooper two-door saloon was built way back in 1939 and is set to be one of the main attractions when the sale of amazing vintage cars happens in April.
This vehicle is technically one of the most unique, having been built specifically for the wife of the owner of Hooper Bodies Ltd. A company which was well known as an established coach builder of the pre-war era.
Although it’s now 75 years from it’s date of manufacture, the car is still hot property. It does need a complete restoration having seen better days. But vintage car experts are expecting the car to receive bids topping at least £75,000! Mainly as the chassis and engine numbers reveal its complete authentic originality.
There is rich history around this vehicle. Just weeks after it was first registered, in August 1939, the Second World War began. The car was then placed into storage, only to be sold on in 1952 to a Lagonda car enthusiast.
The car’s history has been traced by the car experts at Silverstone Auctions. They will be taking charge of the auction on April 12th at Birmingham’s NEC. But just how much of an investment is a car in such a condition? Will it ever be seen driving down the M1? It might not be a ‘Chick Magnet’ but it is already causing a stir in the vintage car community.
Nick Whale, the Managing director of Silverstone Auctions said: “We are very proud to play a part in the history of this very unique vehicle. Lagonda was one of Britain’s finest luxury marques and this model’s fascinating history is sure to raise plenty of interest among potential buyers.”
He also said of the vintage one off …“For those looking for a restoration project or rare pre-war model, this car will certainly be of interest.”
Despite all this, the vintage Lagonda is not a car that Want Driving Lessons recommend for any of our new drivers!