I was then re-joined by the vendor where I took my last mouthful of tea before heading out on the inevitable test drive. Hand on heart I had never had the pleasure of driving a 3 litre Lagonda, however I do remember riding in the back of one, on Preston District Car Club rallies when still wearing shorts. The driving experience was as good as my memories of all those years ago. A short footed chassis and brakes mated to a smooth 3 litre 6 cylinder really makes for effortless driving, with bags of torque. This means you could almost stay in top all day long, a comfortable cruising speed is 65-70+ mph, at around 2500 rpm. However this could be pushed if needed to make that next long lunch stop.
For me the enjoyment of these cars isn’t purely the speed; yes it good to move a modern traffic without feeling you’re in the way (even over taking a few things!) But for me, its about drinking in the countryside as you head to your next destination, such trips as these hold some of my best proper car memories. Like the conversation the fuel station with someone in his go-faster roller skate or the retired gent ‘who’s dad use to own one of these……’ Or that conversation with the pedestrian walking along the footpath went you wait for the red light to go out. Custodianship of these cars create memories for you which are priceless, and so are the smiles you put on the faces of the people you past along the way.
Closer inspection recommended at our Foxfields showroom, strictly by appointment only.