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Lagonda 16/80
Manufacturer Lagonda
Production 1932–1934
Predecessor Lagonda 2-litre
Body style(s) 2 door sports, 4-door tourer, 4 door saloon
Engine(s) 1991 cc ohv 6 cylinder[1]

The Lagonda 16/80 was a sports touring car introduced by Lagonda in 1932, replacing the company’s 4-cylinder 2-litre model.

The first part of its name referred to its Fiscal horsepower rating of 16 (actually 15.7)[1]. Under naming conventions common at the time, the second number in its name might have referred to the car’s bhp. However, actual power output fell a long way short of 80 bhp, leading one well informed owner to suggest that it may have referred to the car’s claimed top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h)[1].

The car was unusual in being the only Lagonda to be offered with a Crossley engine[2]. However, each engine purchased was stripped down by Lagonda, checked and rebuilt according to their own specifications before becoming the heart of a 16/80[1]. Also, unlike its usual configuration when used in Crossley's own vehicles, it was fitted with twin SU carburettors.

In 1933 the option of a E.N.V preselector gear-box became available[2]. When new the car was guaranteed for nine years[1]. However, a condition of the guarantee was that it be returned to the manufacturers every three years for a thorough overhaul and update, which would have been provided only at considerable cost[1].

The car was dropped by Lagonda, shortly before the firm's dramatic rescue from financial collapse by Alan Good, at the end of in 1934[2].

According to the Lagonda Club, 261 were made.

Film & TV appearancesEdit

  • A Lagonda 16/80 featured extensively in the BBC series Campion starring Peter Davison.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "My kind of car: Lagonda 16/80 1932", Drive (Magazine of the British Automobile Association) 115: page 66. date February 1985. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Georgano, G N (1968). The Complete Encyclopaedia of Motor Cars. Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, UK: George Rainbird Limited. 
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