The Lagonda Rapide was borne out of David Brown’s enthusiasm for the marque that he had purchased in 1948 a year after his acquisition of Aston Martin. After some success with the Lagonda 2.6 litre and 3.0 litre in the fifties he decided to reintroduce the famous ‘Rapide’ name with a much more contemporary car in the early sixties. Introduced at the Motor Show of 1961 the Lagonda Rapide used DB4 underpinnings with an extension in wheelbase of 16” and an increase in track of 3 ½“, to make it a large car by any standards. The new DB4 six cylinder engine was employed but increased to 4.0 litres and a David Brown 4 speed manual or Borg Warner automatic transmission were offered coupled to a new de Dion rear axle. Styling was initially provided by Touring of Milan, utilising the same ‘Superleggera’ principle as the DB4, but finished off in house by Aston Martin themselves. The result was a technically advanced, beautifully put together and undeniably exclusive car that was quick and agile for one of its size. It was also however an expensive car that was styled in many ways to attract the North American market where competition was fierce! The result was that by 1964 only 55 cars had be
When Alan Good, Managing director for Lagonda, took over Lagonda he persuaded W.O. Bentley to join in as designer/engineer. In Good’s hands, Lagonda renewed the 4.5litre range together with Bentley to become the LG45. Very elegant and fast automobiles fitted with all the newest technology build with the craftsmanship Lagonda was known for. It is not a secret that a lot of those fine automobiles survived time in very nice condition due to this quality. LG45’s had different innovative options like built-in hydraulic jacks on 4 wheels like many DTM racers have now. Double batteries and fuel pumps for reliability was also standard equipment. Even metallic paints could be ordered from the factory, a built-in radio was another ‘gadget’ that was available. Not only the option list was extensive, also the range of body styles to choose from was not kept minimal. Top of the bill was the LG45 Rapide and the LG45 teamcar, you also had the gorgeous LG45 Drophead Coupe, the LG45 Tourer and the wonderful LG45 Saloon as you see in the photos above. This Saloon breaths elegance, durability and versatility. Not only is it very pleasant to drive in winter, offers you plenty of room for 4-5 people but also allows you to open the front window to supply you with plenty of cool summer breeze. It combines all the positives from a saloon and a DHC/tourer without the downsides of sunburns, headaches or messy hair. We could like to call this pillarless saloon ‘sophisticated’ with its built-in jacking system, factory fitted radio and a fantastically torquey engine that will bring effortless driving everywhere you dream to be. The interior is very very original and above all in very good condition. The mechanicals have always been maintained to be rally ready, in which roll the car has performed faultlessly. We are already convinced of this rather special car. You are more than welcome to discuss the car over a coffee in our showroom, and be ready to be convinced as well. http://www.historic-competitionservices.eu/nl/lagonda-lg45-saloon
Stratton Motor Company is very excited to offer this amazing example. Fox and Nicholl Team Car Replica Chassis No - 12045 Engine No - 12045 One of the fastest British sports cars of its era Accurate team car replica VSCC eligible Historic Technical Passport valid in Racing, Hill Climbing and Rally Please speak to Roger Bennington or Jonathan on 01508 530491 for more information on this stunning car and to arrange a viewing.
The Ian Pitney Special is utterly bespoke. In order to understand the mentality behind this creation, you need to understand Pitney Restorations. Started by Ian Pitney's father in 1973 and followed by his son Ian in 2002, Pitney restorations have been creating one-off aluminium panels for pre and post-war motor cars in the same time-honoured traditions. The most immaculate curves and lines seen on the world's most expensive cars start life in workshops such as these. The English wheel, rollers, clamps and hammers are all that's required to turn flat aluminium into the most voluptuous and inspired shapes imaginable. That and, of course, skill and experience and it is precisely this skill and experience that makes an un-prepossessing workshop into an Aladdin's cave of sleeping beauty's awaiting the Pitney treatment. Ian has been creating stunning panels for the great and the good for years, until January, 2013 when, in one of those 'shower moments' when you're not really thinking of anything much, he decided to make something special for himself. Something using styling cues he had bumped into over the years, liked and subconsciously lodged in the old grey matter. The starting point,