This evolution in the automotive industry excited the ambition of another English manufacturer, Lagonda, whose progress culminated in their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a M45R Rapide in 1935.
The history of Bentley was about to have a remake with Lagonda, on the verge of bankruptcy at the time of the victory of Le Mans, and for sure also ambushed by Rolls-Royce. The entrepreneur Alan Good saved Lagonda in extremis.
W.O. Bentley, founder of Bentley Motors, had such a prestige that Rolls-Royce had obtained from the court that he will contract with them for three years. Rolls-Royce neutralized W.O. all along that term in obscure occupations, but he again became free in May 1935. The decision of Good to acquire Lagonda was certainly related to his ability to hire W.O. as chief designer.
Upon his arrival at Lagonda, W.O. worked on a new luxury model, the LG45. In 1936, four LG45R Rapide are built for competition, for the use of the private race team Fox and Nicholl.
On September 13 at Goodwood, Bonhams sells one of the two surviving cars of this model, lot 240 estimated £ 1.4M. This car with an interesting history in competition is in very good working condition, with its matching number frame and engine.