Lagonda Rapide

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Lagonda Rapide
Rapide 02.jpg
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 1961–1964
55 produced
Body and chassis
Class Luxury grand tourer (F)
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 is a hand built four-door GT car which was 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 and not used since the 3.0 litre cars of the 1950's stopped production in 1958. It marked a revival of the Rapide model name which had been used by Lagonda during the 1930s. The car featured rear end styling similar to the DB4 convertible, and an adapted Lagonda grille a little similar to Ford's Edsel.


1964 Lagonda Rapide

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, with a base price of £4,950. 55 were produced, of which 48 survive.[citation needed]

Shooting Brake[edit]

The Shooting Brake was a one-off 2005/2006 conversion by "the Carrosserie Company Ltd." of Barnard Castle, England.

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