1939 Le Mans Lagonda created by rich amateur to be sold for £1 million

Jay Nagley

It makes you proud to be British: a young lord with no racing experience inherits some money, decides to fund a racing car to enter Le Mans and finishes fourth.

Now the 1939 Lagonda V12 is going for auction, where it is expected to reach over £1 million (in real terms that is not far off what Lord Selsdon spent in the 1930s). It will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will go under the hammer at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale on 15 September. Its value is partly due to its racing heritage and partly because it is one of only two such cars ever built.