1935 Lagonda


--Black with Red leather, Long term ownerships in both the UK and USA, Twin cam 1.1 liter inline four cylinder approximately 110 hp, 4-speed manual, Well-known in the Rapier Registry.

The Lagonda Rapier were quite advanced in the era. They were light, handled well were thus extremely competitive for racing sprints as well as hillclimbs. Fewer than 500 were manufactured in total. They are truly coachbuilt cars having been sold as chassis only and then fitted by a variety of bodies from various coachbuilders.

This car was manufactured in 1935 and originally fitted with an Abbots fixed head coupe body. Circa 1951 it was owned by Mr. Eric Lane, one of the founding members of the Rapier Register. Circa 1972, it was in the ownership of Mr. Ronald McCaffrey at which time it wore a two-seat sports tourer body. Circa 1980 and while in the ownership Mr. David Miller, Hertfordshire, this Rapier was raced extensively. It took part in competition events at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Castle Coombe as well as taking part in various hillclimbs.

After several seasons of racing, the Rapier was retired. Circa 2005 It was entrusted to Lagonda specialist Bishopgray of Berkshire for total restoration. During restoration it was decided to fabricate and new aluminum bodywork in the style of the period Brooklands racers. The engine was prepared and equipped with a supercharger, providing approximately 110hp. Every aspect of the car was restored, including the chassis, bodywork, paint, upholstery, wiring and lights, dashboard and instruments, wheels and tires, engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes, the cost well-over $200,000.00.

Used and enjoyed for a short time, in 2011, the Rapier was subsequently purchased by a California collector and imported to the USA. It was used almost immediately on the well-known California Mille. After the rally, it was given to well-known and respected California restoration and vintage race preparation facility, Phil Reilly & Co. for considerable work to enhance reliability in preparation for extended mileage 1,000 plus mile vintage tours. The engine was rebuilt which included a reworked oiling system, rebuilt oil and water pumps, and new camshafts. The engine was broken in on the dyno and tuned for optimum performance as well as reliability. The remainder of the car was gone through thoroughly with various servicing required as needed, where needed. The cost for all was approximately $57,000.00, the result, a wonderful, reliable and sporting prewar sportscar.

It was used and enjoyed in this ownership for several years prior to being acquired by a well-known Long Island, NY collector. For the past several years, this Rapier has enjoyed touring The Hampton in the Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons. Just recently, this Rapier has been traded towards another automobile from our inventory.

Today, the Rapier is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition with only the slightest wear since its complete restoration. The car runs and drives extremely well and is a pleasure to drive for those who enjoy exhilaration from a bygone era.

Eligible for some of the world's most exclusive events, the Rapier is comparable in experience to various other prewar sportscars racers from Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bugatti, just to name a few, for a fraction of the cost.

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