The entire 1929 Lagonda racing team was announced for sale in the Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2021 classic car auction. Racing Jaguars are likely to be amongst the further highlights.
An entire team of one of the great sporting marques of the golden era – 1920s racing Lagondas – which campaigned at Brooklands and Le Mans, is offered for the first time at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale on 18 September 2021. Racing Jaguars, including a D-Type, are further highlights at this traditional British classic car auction.
1929 Lagonda Racing Cars at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale 2021
Four 1929 Lagonda 2.0-litre Low Chassis are returning to a motor circuit more than 50 years after being reunited in a significant single-owner collection. The quartet, bearing consecutive registration numbers PK9201 to PK 9204, was originally owned by a syndicate of Hertfordshire enthusiasts and run by Fox & Nicholl, the Lagonda main dealer in Tolworth Surrey, in the 1929 racing season. The team made a mark on their debut outing at the grueling Brooklands Double Twelve endurance race, placing second, third and sixth in their class.
Later in the season, the quartet campaigned that year’s BARC Six-hour race and the Tourist Trophy, where PK 9202 finished 9th overall, leading the Lagondas to win 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 at 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.
All four Tourers were restored in the 1990s and then kept under covers in the Poole showroom, only taken out for shows such as the Century Display at Brooklands. They are currently being recommissioned for the road and are each offered with an estimate of £200,000 – 300,000, (£300,000 – 400,000 for PK 9203).
Tim Schofield, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars UK, said: “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.”
Jaguars at Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2021
Two racing Jaguars are likely to be among the highlights of the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale 2021:
Returning to the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the first Revival Sale since 2019, Bonhams is offering another returnee, a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports-Racing Two-Seater, estimate £900,000 – 1,200,000, which has participated in Revival on several occasions, and the Mille Miglia Retrospective. Full details have not been released yet but as the Jaguar is frequently seen at historic racing events, it is unlikely to be in the concourse condition of the D-Type that failed to sell at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2021 with a highest bid of $4.2 million.
Pairing up with the D-Type is an example of its 1990s spiritual successor – a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, prepared by Don Law racing. Like the D-Type, the XJ220 also campaigned at Le Mans, winning the GT class of 1993; on the road, it was the fastest production car of its day reaching speeds of 200mph. The XJ220 on offer has no racing history: supplied new to Germany, it has only covered 385 miles and has an estimate of £400,000 – 500,000. One of the XJ220 that raced at Le Mans is on sale at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas auction in November 2021 in the south of France.
Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale 2021
The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale will take place in its traditional location ‘over the road’ at the West Sussex Motor Circuit on Saturday 18 September 2021, as a regular live auction with bidders in the room (and participating via telephone or internet). Although smaller than the annual Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, the cars on offer are no less interesting, often significantly cheaper, and more likely to be seen at historic races and events than merely in concourse competition and private events.