Lagonda M45 Le Mans Replica
1934, ERA Shed, On long term display
This car is a replica of Dr. J.O. Benjafield’s 4½ litre M45 Lagonda that was driven by him in the 1935 24 Hour Race at Le Mans with ‘Jock’ Manby-Colegrave as co-driver. They came 13th in the race, which was held in almost continual rain, having covered a distance of 2,649.918 kilometres at an average of 68.61mph. The race was won by the sister car driven by John Hindmarsh and Louis Fontes having covered 3006.797 kilometres at an average speed of 77.86 mph.
Lagondas were made at the Lagonda factory which was opposite the south end of Staines bridge, where Sainsbury’s supermarket now stands.
The 4½ litre Meadows engine has a bore of 88.5mm and a stroke of 120.65mm, and produced between 108 and 150 bhp, latterly at 4,000 rpm. The valve gear is pushrods and rockers, the combustion chambers ‘bathtub’ in shape; there are 2 valves and 2 plugs per cylinder, a separate chromidium cast iron head, aluminium crankcase and sump, a 4 main bearings forged steel crankshaft with H section steel conrods and aluminium pistons.
Loaned by Mrs. S. Brock