Lagonda M45 Le Mans Replica

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Lagonda M45 Le Mans Replica

This car is a replica of the Lagonda driven at the 1935 Le Mans 24-hour race by Dr Dudley Benjafield.

Dr Dudley Benjafield drove a car just like this one into 13th place in the 1935 Le Mans 24-hour race, covering a distance of 2,650km. The race was won by a sister car driven by Johnny Hindmarsh and Louis Fontes.

Lagonda was founded in Staines in 1906 by an American, Wilbur Gunn. Gunn started off making motorcycles before launching his first car, the Type 20, in 1906. W O Bentley joined the company in 1936 to produce the LG45 and the V12. The site of the Lagonda factory on the south side of the River Thames is now occupied by Sainsburys supermarket.

Loaned by Mrs. S. Brock

Collection Data

Date Built

ERA Shed



  • Engine: 4 ½ litre Meadows 6-cylinder
  • Top Speed: 100mph
  • Manufacturer: Lagonda
  • Model: M45 with replica Le Mans bodywork
  • Origin: Staines

Races & Record

1934, RAC Tourist Trophy Race in Belfast