In 1947 entrepreneur David Brown answered a small ad in The Times offering ‘High-class motor business for sale’… and bought Aston Martin. His spending spree didn’t stop, for he also acquired Lagonda . . . which cost more than twice as much as Aston Martin. In fact, the bargain buy would be the winner and Lagonda an also-ran.
The Lagonda was a marque of automotive aristocracy more than equal to its luxury sports car competitors, Bentley, Invicta and Railton. When Rolls-Royce bought him out, W.O. Bentley in fact chose to move to Lagonda, which was acquired in 1947 by the industrialist David Brown at much the same time as Aston Martin, for whose salvation he depended on Bentley’s legendary engineering.
When his company went bust in the early 1930s, W O Bentley soon bounced back, joining Lagonda to head the tech team after the company was rescued from bankruptcy in 1935.