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'''Lagonda''' is a [[United Kingdom|British]] car manufacturer, founded as a company in 1906 in [[Staines]], [[Middlesex]] by the American Wilbur Gunn (1859-1920).<ref name=Beaulieu>{{cite book |last=Georgano |first=N. |title=Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile |year=2000 |publisher=HMSO |location=London |isbn=1-57958-293-1}}</ref> He named the company after a river near the town of his birth [[Springfield, Ohio]]<ref name=Drive198502>{{cite journal| authorlink = John Stubbs|title = My kind of car: Laginda 16/80 1932| journal = Drive (Magazine of the British [[The Automobile Association|Automobile Association]])| volume = vol 115| pages = page 66|date = date February 1985 }}</ref>. The company was purchased and integrated into [[Aston Martin]] in 1947.
 
 
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[[Image:Lagonda 2-Litre 1931.jpg|thumb|Lagonda 2-Litre Tourer 1931]]
 
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[[File:Lagonda_2_litre_engine_-_IMG_7335.jpg|thumb|A [[Lagonda 2 litre]] engine]]
 
[[File:Lagonda_2_litre_engine_-_IMG_7335.jpg|thumb|A [[Lagonda 2 litre]] engine]]
 
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'''Lagonda''' is a [[United Kingdom|British]] car manufacturer, founded as a company in 1906 in [[Staines]], [[Middlesex]] by the American Wilbur Gunn (1859-1920).<ref name=Beaulieu>{{cite book |last=Georgano |first=N. |title=Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile |year=2000 |publisher=HMSO |location=London |isbn=1-57958-293-1}}</ref> He named the company after a river near the town of his birth [[Springfield, Ohio]]<ref name=Drive198502>{{cite journal| authorlink = John Stubbs|title = My kind of car: Laginda 16/80 1932| journal = Drive (Magazine of the British [[The Automobile Association|Automobile Association]])| volume = vol 115| pages = page 66|date = date February 1985 }}</ref>. The company was purchased and integrated into [[Aston Martin]] in 1947.
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==Establishment==
 
Wilbur Gunn had originally built [[motorcycle]]s on a small scale in the garden of his house in Staines<ref name=Beaulieu/> with reasonable success including a win on the 1905 [[London]]&mdash;[[Edinburgh]] trial. In 1907 he launched his first car, the 20-hp, 6-cylinder Torpedo, which he used to win the [[Moscow]]&mdash;[[St. Petersburg]] trial of 1910.<ref name=Beaulieu/> This success produced a healthy order for exports to Russia which continued until 1914. In the pre-war period Lagonda also made an advanced small car, the 11.1 with a four-cylinder 1000 cc engine, which featured an anti-roll bar and a rivetted [[monocoque]] body and the first ever fly-off handbrake.
 
Wilbur Gunn had originally built [[motorcycle]]s on a small scale in the garden of his house in Staines<ref name=Beaulieu/> with reasonable success including a win on the 1905 [[London]]&mdash;[[Edinburgh]] trial. In 1907 he launched his first car, the 20-hp, 6-cylinder Torpedo, which he used to win the [[Moscow]]&mdash;[[St. Petersburg]] trial of 1910.<ref name=Beaulieu/> This success produced a healthy order for exports to Russia which continued until 1914. In the pre-war period Lagonda also made an advanced small car, the 11.1 with a four-cylinder 1000 cc engine, which featured an anti-roll bar and a rivetted [[monocoque]] body and the first ever fly-off handbrake.
   

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