1963/12 Lagonda Rapide150,000 GBP - Asking Price
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Reference Number 513127

as of 7/11/2018

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Byron International  Contact  Location
Buckland Heights Walton Heath  Phone  01737244567  City  Tadworth
TADWORTH
SURREY
KT20 7HZ
 Fax  01737226224  State  Surrey
United Kingdom  Mobile  07836555666  Country  United Kingdom United Kingdom
Overview
Car 1963/12 Lagonda Rapide
VIN LR/151/R 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Beige 
Registration 757 EDA 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 76,169 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Electronics: Power Windows
Exterior: Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel, Wooden trim 
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Known History

Aston Martin revived the dormant Lagonda name in 1961 with the luxurious Rapide four-door saloon, a car that was very much David Brown's personal project. The Rapide's sales brochure, which, unusually, was signed by him personally, stated: 'It has long been my ambition to build a car which would be equally suitable to drive or be driven in...'

Beneath the Superleggera aluminium coachwork by Touring of Milan was a lengthened DB4 chassis reconfigured by Harold Beach to accept De Dion rear suspension, the adoption of which allowed rear compartment space to be maximised. Powered by a 4.0-litre (236bhp) version of the DB4's twin-cam six that would later power the DB5, the Rapide certainly lived up to its name with brisk acceleration and a 130mph-plus top speed. Dual circuit, servo assisted disc brakes restrained this excellent performance, while interior fittings included electric windows, picnic tables to the rear, filler cap remote opening, and radio as standard.

Just 55 units, almost all of which were equipped with Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission, were built before production ceased in 1964

First registered in December 1963 and one of the last built, this car came into the ownership of a Belgian collector of British cars in May of 1988.

In 1996, the owner approached Aston Martin Lagonda specialist, RS Williams to bring the car to outstanding mechanical condition. Over several months in 1997 that mechanical overhaul took place. The estimate from RS Williams notes that this overhaul did not include cosmetic issues but these were clearly addressed in Belgium ľ well certainly the exterior finish.

Preparation for sale has been thorough and the car presents beautifully and passed its MOT with flying colours.

Many people refer to the Lagonda Rapide as ôthe 4 door DB4/5ö ľ fortunately for enthusiasts of the Lagonda marque, the prices remain affordable in comparison to their Aston Martin cousins. After 30 years in the collection, this represents a real opportunity for a collector to acquire a car and add their personality and their own value to this great investment.