1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032

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Lot 336
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer
Registration no. CZ 7070 Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032

Sold for £ 43,700 (US$ 57,405) inc. premium
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer
Registration no. CZ 7070
Chassis no. R11284
Engine no. D3032

Footnotes

  • Lagonda returned, briefly, to the manufacture of light cars in 1934 with the introduction of the Rapier, which was heralded by The Autocar as 'a thoroughly worthwhile newcomer among small sports-type cars'. The work of Tim Ashcroft (engine) and Charles King (chassis), the design had been on the drawing board for almost a year before it appeared in prototype form at the 1933 Olympia Motor Exhibition. In production from the late Spring of 1934, the Rapier was reminiscent of a baby 2-Litre in appearance and was most often seen with four-seat tourer coachwork by Abbott. The car's most notable feature was its gem of an engine: a four-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft unit displacing 1,104cc and producing 45bhp on twin SUs. A sturdy chassis frame, ENV four-speed pre-selector transmission and 13" diameter Girling brakes completed the mechanical picture. King's chassis using channel-section side members and tubular cross members, with semi elliptic suspension and rod operated, Girling drum brakes. The overall package was a success, delivering a car that has excellent handling, braking and performance, and one that more than holds its own on today's roads. For its engine size the Rapier was in a class of its own, revving comfortably to 5,500rpm, turning in impressive acceleration figures and a top speed of around 75mph. With such a specification the model was necessarily expensive to produce; sales were disappointing and in 1935 manufacturing rights passed to Tim Ashcroft and his partners who set up Rapier Cars Limited in Hammersmith, West London where production continued. A further 46 Rapiers were completed before production ceased in 1936/7.

    First registered on 31st December 1934, 'CZ 7070' was previously owned by well known Lagonda Rapier Register member Mr Harold Fox of Buckinghamshire (1990-2002) followed by Mr Alan Croft of Surrey (2002 onwards). The car has benefited from ongoing maintenance and considerable refurbishment over the course of the last 30-plus years, as evidence by numerous invoices on file. Works carried out include an engine and gearbox rebuild by I & J Macdonald (Morgan distributors in Durham and Rapier specialists) in 1994/95 and a bare metal re-spray by Metcalfe & Rosedale of Bedfordshire in 2000. The repaint involved five coats of primer and five of topcoat, prior to which parts of the ash body frame had been replaced and new front wings and running boards fabricated. At the same time the interior was re-trimmed in Connolly hide and Wilton carpeting, and some re-chroming carried out. Other components overhauled include the starter motor, dynamo, carburettors and magneto (the latter most recently in 2013) while the wiring has been replaced and an original Brooklands-style steering wheel fitted. Weather equipment consists of a double duck hood and full tonneau. Described as in generally excellent condition, the car is offered with the aforementioned invoices, old-style buff logbook, technical data, instruction book, a quantity of expired MoT certificates, current road fund licence, V5C registration document and in excess of 100 Lagonda Register magazines.
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1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
1934 Lagonda Rapier Tourer  Chassis no. R11284 Engine no. D3032
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