1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R
Lot 327
1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
£ 170,000 - 220,000
US$ 230,000 - 300,000

Lot Details
1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LR/133/R
1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. AJF 208B
Chassis no. LR/133/R
*The ultimate in sporting luxury
*One of only 55 built
*Automatic transmission
*Restored condition
*Upgraded

Footnotes

  • Aston Martin revived a famous Lagonda name in 1961 with a luxurious four-door sports saloon that took its appellation from one of the marque's most exalted models of the late 1930s: the Rapide. This new car 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 Rapide's Superleggera aluminium coachwork (by Touring of Milan, the carrozzeria responsible for the Aston Martin DB4 sports car) was a lengthened (by 16") DB4 platform-type chassis re-engineered 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 Aston Martin 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 fittings to the traditional 'gentlemen's club' interior included electric windows, picnic tables to the rear, filler cap remote opener and a radio as standard. The Rapide's price when new was £5,251, some 25% higher than that of the Aston Martin DB4, which itself was not exactly a cheap automobile. Its cost severely limited the Lagonda's appeal, and when production ceased in 1964 a mere 55 units had been made, almost all of which were equipped with Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission.

    Chassis number '133' was completed in October 1963 and sold new to one R Kearsley of Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. The car's original colour combination was Caribbean Pearl with White Gold leather interior. The accompanying copy guarantee form lists servicing works up to the autumn of 1970 (at 31,743 miles), and records one additional owner: Mr R M Willan of Sale, Cheshire. Some time later, the Rapide was sold to Mr J T Hinkle of Forth Worth, Texas, and shipped to the USA. In September 1984, the car was sold on to Mr Jim Forrester, also in Texas, where Import Service and Restorations looked after it.

    In September 1989, with only 43,443 miles recorded, the Rapide was brought back to the UK by Mr M Arkell having covered a little over 5,000 miles while in the United States. The car comes with a substantial file of invoices from well-known specialists, and in 1996 was treated to a bare-metal repaint in the current Rolls-Royce Blue by Solent Vintage Engineering. Between 1989 and 2005, when the previous owner purchased the car, the odometer reading increased by only some 5,000 miles. The Lagonda was then shipped to Hamburg, Germany where it was looked after by Aston Services Hamburg. While there, '133' was treated to a major refurbishment, which included converting the engine to 4.2 litres capacity; servicing the gearbox; making extensive repairs to the bodywork using numerous new panels; refurbishing the interior; and carrying out a full re-spray (see documentation on file).

    The current vendor purchased the Lagonda in February 2015 from marque specialist dealer, Nicholas Mee & Co Ltd, which later that same year carried out further general refurbishment and also installed electric power steering and electronic ignition. There are related invoices totalling £31,500 on file, and the car also comes with a V5C document and current MoT.
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