is a British
luxury car marque
, founded as a company in 1906 in Staines
by a former opera singer from Ohio, but of Scottish ancestry, He named the company after a river near the town of his birth, Springfield, Ohio
, United States
. The marque has been owned by Aston Martin
Wilbur Gunn had originally built motorcycles
on a small scale in the garden of his house in Staines with reasonable success including a win on the 1905 London
trial. In 1907 he launched his first car, the 20-hp, 6-cylinder Torpedo, which he used to win the Moscow
trial of 1910. This success produced a healthy order for exports to Russia which continued until 1914. In the pre-war period Lagonda also made an advanced small car, the 11.1 with a four-cylinder 1000 cc engine, which featured an anti-roll bar and a rivetted monocoque
body and the first ever fly-off handbrake.
During World War I Lagonda made artillery shells.
Between the wars
After the end of the war the 11.1 continued with a larger... Read More