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  •   Matt Zollo reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Car #Lagonda-Rapide
    Year of manufacture #1964
    Recorded mileage 50,546
    Asking price £220,000
    Vendor Classic Mobilia, Milton Keynes, Bucks;

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £4950
    Max power 240bhp
    Max torque 265lb ft
    0-62mph 7.8 secs
    Top speed 130mph
    Mpg 18


    Of the 55 #Lagonda Rapides produced, there are thought to be 47 left, some being used as donors for DB4GT Zagatos while one was turned into a shooting brake.

    This #Rapide example, chassis 133 (33), has had few owners and apparently is genuine low-mileage. It spent time in the States before returning from Texas in #1989 and in the present ownership has been restored by Aston Service Hamburg. The structure is clean and rot-free, with commendably straight and sharp floors, sills and splash guards, with a sound stainlesssteel exhaust and decently treaded but older tall Avons on slightly chipped steel wheels – hubcaps are being sourced. The bumper chrome is okay and the doorhandles have been left original.

    The White Gold interior leather is from the factory and slightly worn in the front, but hardly used in the rear. The carpets are a bit grubby, but the dash veneer is fine, and the original radio works – complete with the illuminated ‘Lagonda’ script. Its door trims look more used than the seats and ideally need cleaning or a few repairs. We like the pleasingly patinated appearance, though it’s a tough call whether to leave or re-do it.

    The twin-cam straight-six has been rebuilt as a 4.2 unleadedcompatible unit wearing SU carbs instead of Solexes and there are twin brake servos plus a high-torque starter in the concours engine bay. Its oil is clean and to the top level, while the coolant is nicely pink.

    It starts readily on the key and provides a grand old barge ride with a surprising amount of go, plus snappy gearchanges, although it wants to change up early; kickdown drops it a ratio again but it’s not really in keeping with such a magic-carpet experience. The Rapide tracks straight, with nice, firm brakes and all of the electric windows work. Coolant temperature settles at about 70ºC, with oil pressure 40psi at warm tickover and anything up to 160psi with revs.

    The Lagonda is still German-registered, so #ClassicMobilia will arrange the UK paperwork and an MoT, if needed.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR
    Repainted; shutlines spot-on.

    INTERIOR
    Good veneers; dirty carpets.

    MECHANICALS
    All rebuilt or overhauled, with a few sympathetic modifications.

    VALUE ★★★★★✩✩✩✩✩

    For + Original interior.
    Against - Original interior.

    SHOULD I BUY IT?

    A delightful old thing that drives superbly, but another Rapide has recently failed to sell twice at auction at £125-150k, making this price look very ambitious.
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