Lagonda Rapide

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Lagonda Rapide
Rapide 02.jpg
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
Engine 4.0 L DOHC I6
Successor Aston Martin Lagonda

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


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, .


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.


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.


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

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