Lagonda Rapide

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Lagonda Rapide
Rapide 02.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 1961–1964
55 produced
Body and chassis
Class GT car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout FR layout
Related Aston Martin DB4
Powertrain
Engine 4.0 L DOHC I6
Chronology
Successor Aston Martin Lagonda

The Lagonda Rapide was a hand built four-door GT car; an iconic luxury vehicle produced from 1961 until 1964.

Description[edit]

Based on the Aston Martin DB4, it was David Brown's attempt to revive the Lagonda marque which he had purchased in 1948. It marked a revival of the Rapide model name which had been used by Lagonda during the 1930s. The car featured DB4 rear end styling and a horse collar Lagonda grille a little similar to Ford's Edsel, .

Specifications[edit]

The Rapide used a 4.0 L straight-6 six cylinder double overhead camshaft engine, which would later be used in the Aston Martin DB5. Other new features included a de Dion tube rear suspension which would find its way into the Aston Martin DBS.

The car had dual circuit, servo-assisted disc brakes, and most cars were supplied with a 3-speed automatic B & W gearbox. The exterior body panels were constructed from aluminium alloy over a Superleggera tubular steel frame. The interior was upholstered in leather and had a burled walnut dashboard.

Production[edit]

The car was hand built to order only, and cost new a base price of £4,950 (£89,595.50 in today's money - US$143,030.26). However, 55 vehicles were produced, of which about 48 are known today.

Gallery[edit]

Conversion by "the Carrosserie Company Ltd." from Barnard Castle, England.

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