|Colour:||Rolls-Royce Cobalt Blue|
|Engine size:||4.2 Litre|
1964 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2 Litre Sports Saloon for sale in London (RHD)
- The ultimate example of sporting luxury
- Exceptionally rare, 1 of only 55 produced
- Borg-Warner Automatic gearbox uprated by Aston (48 were Auto)
- Uprated to 4.2 Litre
- Electronic power steering fitted
- Superb condition throughout
- Over £30,000 worth of invoices in its history file
Aston Martin revived the famous Lagonda name in 1961 with a luxurious four-door sports saloon. 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…’
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. Excellent performance was combined with a ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ interior which included electric windows and rear picnic tables.
Chassis number ‘133’ was completed in October 1963 and sold new to one R Kearsley of Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. 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 Cobalt Blue by Solent Vintage Engineering. Our 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, refurbishing the interior and carrying out a full re-spray (see documentation on file).
The last owner purchased the Lagonda in February 2015 and 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 numerous previous MoTs dating back until 1991.
Our car is presented in superb cosmetic and mechanical order, the beautiful coachwork is straight and the paint Rolls-Royce Cobalt metallic Blue paintwork looks stunning. Inside, the Lagonda has a lovely natural Beige hide with Cumberland Stone carpets and matching piping, it also benefits from fabulous woodwork and a wooden rimmed steering wheel.
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