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  •   Quentin Willson reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Rapide response for Lagondas / #Lagonda-Rapide / #1961-Lagonda-Rapide / #1961 / #Lagonda / #Aston-Martin /

    If Astons are the thinking man’s Ferrari, are Lagondas the thinking man’s Aston?

    Have you seen what DB Astons are making? The relentless rise of DB4s, 5s and 6s seems unstoppable, and after a short pause for breathe in the middle of last year, values look to be pointing skyward again.

    DB6 MkIIs are heading for half a million quid and I’ve even heard of one bloke who’s so far poured a cool million into a DB4 restoration. The other day I sat next to a man at dinner who’s bought a project DB6 MkI automatic – needing absolutely everything – for £160k, who is prepared to blow another £200k making it mint. Blimey, there’s some serious loot being thrown at these cars right now.

    Yet the infinitely rarer Touring-styled four-door Rapide with its DB5 engine, #Superleggera construction, de Dion rear end and dual circuit servo-assisted discs is a huge bargain in comparison. Aston brokerage Byron International has a well-restored ’1963 auto for £150k and Dylan Miles has the ’1961 prototype, road test and motor show car that was David Brown’s personal transport for £245,000.

    Aston authority Desmond J Smail has one of the very last ’1963 Rapides made, with £70k of restoration bills, for £185k. Now, I know that the Rapide has always been seen as the DB5’s square sister, doesn’t have the same slippery lines, and that of the 55 cars made between 1961 and 1964, most were automatics. But in terms of rarity, bloodline and collectability, surely they’re platinum-plated. Are we missing something here?

    Roll up to any event in a Rapide and every eye will be yours while the usual DB Astons will look, well, predictable in comparison. Famous Rapide first owners included the Guinness, Rothschild and Cartier families and it was seen as terribly exotic with an original list of £4950 – which was £700 more than the DB5 – and David Brown lost money on every single one. Of those 55 cars, 48 still survive and they used to be staggeringly cheap. I remember seeing one in 2008 – a straight and running ’1963, but in need of recomissioning – sell online for just £25k. By 2014 they’d doubled and Silverstone Auctions sold another ’1963 at its Salon Prive sale – this one was mint and lovely – for £96,000. There was a brief rally in values in 2014/2015 when prices hit £150k, but they’ve since stalled. If like me you’re scratching your head at DB4, 5 and 6 values, maybe its time to go and look at a Rapide?

    VALUE 2010 £30k

    VALUE NOW £170k

    ‘Roll up to an event in a Rapide and the DB Astons will look predictable in comparison’
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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;

    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.


    Repainted; shutlines spot-on.

    Good veneers; dirty carpets.

    All rebuilt or overhauled, with a few sympathetic modifications.

    VALUE ★★★★★✩✩✩✩✩

    For + Original interior.
    Against - Original interior.


    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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