The entity which was to become Lagonda initially began its life in a garden of a house in Staines, producing motorbikes. Wilbur Gunn manufactured the motorbikes on a very small scale, but an indication of his workmanship and ability was illustrated by success in competitions in which he entered his bikes.
Wilbur Gunn began to create his first car nineteen zero seven - the Torpedo, which produced twenty brake horsepower from a six cylinder engine. The Torpedo was extremely successful, finishing first in the Moscow to St Petersburg trail. The successful performance of the Torpedo in Russia resulted in a stream of orders from the country for Wilbur to Gunn to export. Lagonda also began to produce the 11.1, a 1 litre compact car, which was relatively innovative. Production of cars ceased with the onset of World War One, where Lagonda began to produce shells for the war effort.
11.1 was updated post World War One, with a larger engine and upgraded components, now named the 11.9, later followed 12 model. The founder of the business, Wilbur Gunn, passed away in nineteen twenty, leaving existing board directors in control of the automaker. The 14/60 was released, a twin cam sports model, with a capacity of 2 litres. The car was innovative for Lagonda, being its first sports model produced, and was penned by Arthur Davidson.
The 16-80 and the Rapier were born in the nineteen thirties, both equipped with pre-selector gearboxes. Lagonda produced the highly fast M45, which was fitted with a 4467cc engine which produced top speeds just short of one hundred miles per hour. Another variation was born, the M45R Rapide, a shorter but more powerful tuned version of the M45, which won at the nineteen thirty five Le Mans race.