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Lagonda Rapide

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Manufacturer  Aston Martin
Body style  4-door saloon
Related  Aston Martin DB4
Production  1961–1964 55 produced
Layout  FR layout
Lagonda Rapide
Class  Luxury grand tourer (F)

The Lagonda Rapide is a hand built four-door GT car which was produced from 1961 until 1964.

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Description

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

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

The car was hand-built to order only, and cost a base price of £4,950 (£90,000 in 2009-2015 money - US$143,000). However, 55 vehicles were produced, of which about 48 are known today.

Shooting Brake

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

References

Lagonda Rapide Wikipedia


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