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2014-03-25 13:05

WHAT A PROJECT! The Lagonda V12 Hooper will be up for sale at the Silverstone Auction on April 12. It needs a lot of TLC, but this pre-war rare find is totally worth it! Image: Newspress

The Silverstone Auction in the UK is known for classics finds and there's a rare gem up for sale at its first event of 2014 - the Restoration Show.

The Restoration Show takes place on April 12 2014 in Birmingham, England. The show is known for its classic and rare car finds.

An extremely rare 1939 Lagonda V12 Hooper two-door is going under the hammer.

The Hooper has only 64 400km on the clock is estimated to be worth the equivalent of R1.3-million to R1.7-million.

According to Silverstone Auctions, it was built for the wife of the owner of Hooper Bodies, the most noted coach builder of the era, and first registered in August 1939.

With the onset of the second World War, the car was placed into storage before being sold to a Harry Ellard in 1952.


A highly successful Midlands engineer, Ellard built up a stunning collection of 40 cars.

Reportedly the largest collection of Lagondas, Ellard owned another five models.

Following his death, his collection was sold at auction in 1984 with this car taking pride of place on the front cover of the catalogue. The next owner enjoyed the car until 2001 when it changed hands once again. Now offered for auction having been in storage for 13 years, the car requires a complete restoration.

Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “We’re very proud to play a part in the car’s unique history. Lagonda was one of Britain’s finest luxury marques and this model’s fascinating history is sure to raise the interest of potential owners.”

The model was a Lagonda created under the guidance of W.O Bentley, who owner Alan P. Good had persuaded to join the company following Rolls Royce’s acquisition of Bentley.

The sale of the car comes amidst reports that Aston Martin is set to re-launch the Lagonda name with a new luxury SUV.

Nick added: “For those looking for a one-off restoration project or rare pre-war model, this car will certainly be of interest.”  

For more information on the car please visit the Silverstone Auction website.

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