1963/3 Lagonda Rapide125,000 GBP - Asking Price
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Reference Number 649658

as of 12/22/2021

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Byron International  Contact  Location
Buckland Heights Walton Heath  Phone  01737244567  City  Tadworth
KT20 7HZ
 Fax  01737226224  State  Surrey
United Kingdom  Mobile  07836555666  Country  United Kingdom United Kingdom
Car 1963/3 Lagonda Rapide
VIN LR/127/R 
Exterior / Interior Color      Bronze Old English Pewter /      Tan Tan Connolly Hide 
Registration KGJ 364A 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 2.420 km 
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, 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. 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 March 1963 and one of the last of the 55 Lagonda Rapides built, a copy of the original build sheet reveals some interesting points. The first owner was J Hudson (Whistles) Ltd of Birmingham makers of police whistles and now trading as ACME Whistles.

In 1949, they appointed Leon Hudson as Managing Director and he clearly had touring ambitions with the car – having a speaker on the driver’s door, the map pocket on the passenger side and an altimeter on the glovebox lid! A use of the car emphasised by the fitment of a plug for an electric kettle at an early service interval.


Between 1987 and 1989 the then owner commissioned the full refurbishment of the car by Aston Martin Works Service at Newport Pagnell – at that time, the car still sported the original 1963 registration number of 9339 UK. Registered in Switzerland, that original registration was lost and the car was subsequently registered under its current age dictated number of KGJ 364A.


The car was acquired with a recorded odometer reading of 782 kilometres and was brought back to the UK and CARS UK dealt with registration and tax issues and on to RS Williams where the car underwent a typically thorough overhaul and service before being taken to join the new owner’s collection in Belgium where it has remained ever since.


In terms of use, the Belgian collector told us “The car was only used to drive handicaped children for Rotary and Lions to a Flemish castle and to the sea side twice a year. It was not used more because I loved it so much and thought it was my nicest car so there should be no accident.”

Many people refer to the Lagonda Rapide as “the 4 door DB4/5” – fortunately for enthusiasts of the Lagonda marque, the prices remain affordable in comparison to their Aston Martin cousins.


A combination of the original and comprehensive restoration by Works Service together with the long-term ownership within two cossetted collections means that Byron International are able to offer probably one of the best examples of this rare and fabulous car to the market. One of just 55 examples built, there won’t be many opportunities to add one to your collection!


Newly reduced and offeriing fantastic valuie!