Lagonda brand was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Wilbur Gunn, an American born in Springfield, Ohio, who emigrated to England.
The strange name “Lagonda” comes from Anglo-French contamination of the name Ough Ohonda, given by the American indians to the river that runs through Springfield. Lagonda made itself a fairly good name in some competitions. It even…Continue
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Meet a gorgeous Italian: 1936 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A:
First introduced in the 8C 2300, the Vittorio Jano designed eight cylinder engine scored at least one victory in every major race and championship. In its initial 1931 configuration, the engine displaced 2336 cc, it grew gradually to 2905 cc, primarily by increasing the stroke. The engine was created by…
One of the most magnificent flying boats ever built, Pan American Martin 130:
Youngest of the glorious three, she was assigned - together with her sisterships, the China Clipper and Philippine Clipper, - for mail and passenger service over the Pacific, from San Francisco Bay to Manila and Southern China. Three flying boats offered luxurious accommodation to 36 "day" or 18…Continue
Internal combustion engine + electric motor. 111 years old.
Ferdinand Porsche built the first standard hybrid power unit in 1900 for k.u.k. Hofwagenfabrik Ludwig Lohner & Co., a firm of coachmakers in Vienna. His Lohner Porsche ‘Semper Vivus’ featured two combustion engines and an electric hub motor, and could store energy in a battery.…Continue
A rare and very unusual aircraft with a dramatic story behind its wings:
In 1926 a proposal was made that the RAF should attempt a non-stop flight to India. This would not only be operationally significant, but enormously prestigious to the service if successful. It would at the same time establish a new world long-distance record. The chosen vehicle for this attempt was the…Continue
Two years, one hundred weekly columns... This Friday, I owe you something special.
Paulette Goddard, getting into her husband's (Charlie Chaplin) Rolls-Royce Phantom II, invites you to ride with the stars. Just to make things clear: today I didn't browse through dozens of web pages and my own archive folders to prepare this column. Instead, I simply borrowed the stuff from an…Continue