Car Catcher: A Rare Lagonda 16/80 Once Owned by Augie Pabst III

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The only Lagonda model to be fitted with a Crossley engine, the 16/80 was introduced in 1932 as a replacement for the earlier 14/60. However, it’s said that Lagonda did more than just drop the Crossley engine in place: It went so far as to dissemble the entire six-cylinder engine before reassembling it to customer specifications.

This 1934 Lagonda 16/80 Tourer is doubly rare: Not only is it one of just 261 produced, but it was also reportedly owned by August “Augie” Pabst III.

Pabst, a relative of the founder of the beer company of the same name, acquired the car in 1968—not too long after his racing aspirations were cut short following an accident at Daytona.

Currently, the Lagonda is said to be wearing an “older exterior restoration,” though the interior is described as somewhat newer. Books, tools and a spare engine are all included in the sale.

Find this 1934 Lagonda 16/80 Tourer going across the auction block as part of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Open Roads, Fall auction.

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