With the motor industry at a generally low ebb in 1933, The Lagonda Car Co decided to try and buck the trend by producing ‘The best small car in the world!’ and in a very short time from design to production it did just that! ‘A thoroughly worthwhile newcomer among small sports-type cars’ was how The Autocar heralded Lagonda’s new Rapier model in 1934. The high efficiency 1104cc Lagonda twin overhead cam engine delighted in revs and had an instant appeal to the sports driver with its pre selector ENV75 gearbox, making gear changes a real pleasure. For its engine size the Rapier was in a class of its own. Produced in chassis form only by Lagonda, coachwork was commissioned from bespoke coachbuilders such as Eagle, Maltby, Bertelli and Abbott of Farnham. This car was first registered in 1935 and although re-bodied in the 50’s with the 1935 Abbott body you see today, it didn’t change hands until August 1982 when it was purchased by Paradise Garage in London, and sold a few days later to Mr Stratford of Woodford Green. Mr Stratford kept the car for 20 years mainly in storage covering only just over 1,000 miles, as the MOT’s confirm, before being acquired by the current owner in 2002. I
lagonda 1935 rapier
3-19 High Street
Olney, MK46 4AA, Buckinghamshire
A rather special 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe, ordered new by HRH...