SOLD – 1949 Lanchester LD10

  • Lovely compact British saloon in original colours
  • Sympathetically restored between 1987 and 1998
  • 7 owners from new
  • Previous ownership long term from 1978 to 2018

Originally conceived pre-war as a successor to the original Lanchester Ten, the Lanchester LD10 finally went into production in 1946 and presented a more affordable and compact alternative to Daimlers.

For its time, the LD10 was considered quite advanced, incorporating coil-sprung independent front suspension that offered a compliant ride and well-behaved handling. The 1297cc four-cylinder engine featured overhead valves and was married to a pre-selector gearbox for extra versatility and power that proved more than sufficient for cruising at a steady 50mph.

The early all-steel bodies were manufactured by Briggs up to 1951 before being acquired by Ford, who then created coachbuilt bodies panelled in aluminium. Production ceased in 1951, by which time a little over 3,000 LD10s had been built.

This particular Lanchester LD10 was first registered on 11th April 1949 near Bournemouth and has since covered only 77,400 miles since then between its 7 former keepers. The previous owner had the lion’s share of the car’s tenure between 1978 and 2018 and was the custodian of – what is – a humungous history file that details much of the cars maintenance and ownership during this time.

Whilst the interior is still very original, much of the car was given a sympathetic long-term restoration between 1987 and 1998, with a vast number of photos on file that show the car at various points of its repair. The previous owner was also a long-term member of the Lanchester and Daimler owners club, which serves as testament to his commitment to the preservation of this old British saloon.

The car comes with its original handbook and repair manuals, and is ready for immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub.  It’s the perfect car for leisurely tours, trips and shows across the country this summer.

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