|Manufacturer||Aston Martin Lagonda|
2-door 4-seat convertible
|Engine(s)||2.6 L Lagonda I6|
|Wheelbase||113.5 in (2,883 mm)|
|Length||188 in (4,775 mm)|
|Width||68 in (1,727 mm)|
|Height||61 in (1,549 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||19 imp gal (86 L/23 US gal)|
The first new automobile produced by Lagonda after its purchase by David Brown in 1947 was the 2.6-Litre. It was named for the new high-tech straight-6 engine which debuted with the car. The so-called Lagonda Straight-6 engine was designed by Walter Owen Bentley and would propel Lagonda's new parent company, Aston Martin, to fame.
The 2.6-Litre was a larger car than the Aston Martins and was available as either a 4-door closed car or from 1949 2-door convertible "Drophead Coupé", both with 4 seats. The drophead was bodied by Tickford, at the time not part of Aston Martin. A Mark II version appeared in 1952, in closed form only, with engine power increased to 125 bhp.
The car sold reasonably well, in spite of being an expensive car and being launched so soon after the war, with 510 examples made when production ended in 1953.
The car had a separate chassis and all independent suspension using coil springs at the front and torsion bars at the rear. At introduction it was believed to be the only all-independently sprung British car. The Lockheed brakes had 12 in (305 mm) drums at the front and 11 in (279 mm) at the rear with the latter being mounted inboard. Rack and pinion steering was used.
A drophead version tested by The Motor magazine in 1949 had a top speed of 90.2 mph (145.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 17.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 17 miles per imperial gallon (17 L/100 km/14 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £3,420 including taxes.
List details of surviving examples below;
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Robson, G (2006). A-Z of British Cars 1945–1980. Devon, UK: Herridge. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "The 2.5 litre Lagonda Drophead Road Test", The Motor. 1949.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Second Hand car guide supplement", Practical Motorist. vol 6 Nbr 68: between pages 768 & 769. date April 1960.
|Aston Martin Lagonda road car timeline, 1948–present|
|Owner||David Brown||William Wilson||Minden & Sprague||Victor Gauntlett et al.||Ford||Independent Consortium|
|2.6 ltr||3 ltr||Rapide||Lagonda||Taraf|
|Grand Tourer||DB4||DB5 & Volante||DBS & Vantage||DB7||Vantage|
|DB1||DB2||DB2/4 & MKIII||DB6||DBS V8 & AM V8||V8 Virage||V8||DB9 & V12 Virage||DB11|
|V8 Vantage||V8 Vantage||Vanquish||DBS V12||Vanquish|
|DB4 Zagato||V8 Zagato||DB7 Zagato||DB AR1||V12 Zagato||Valkyrie|
|Lagonda and Aston Martin car timeline, 1906–present|
|Owner||David Brown Limited||William Wilson||Sprague & Minden||Pace Petroleum & Gauntlett||Gauntlett & Livanos||Gauntlett, Livanos & Ford||Ford||Richards, Sinders, Dar, Adeem|
| Zagato /
|DB4 GT Zagato||V8 Zagato||DB7 Vantage Zagato||V12 Zagato|
|Super Grand tourer||SWB||V8 Vantage||Virage Vantage||V8 Vantage||V12 Vanquish|| DBS V12
|DB1||DB2||DB2/4||DB Mk III||DBS||Vantage||V8 Vantage /|
|Luxury saloon||2.6-Litre||3-Litre||Rapide||Lagonda|| Taraf
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