Overview

Car Type DB Rapide
Date in Production 1961-64
Number Sold 55
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Technical Details

Track Rear
Track Front
Length 4978
Wheelbase 2896
Kerb Weight 1712 kg
RAC Rating
Engine Manufacturer Lagonda
Type
Firing Order
Carburettor. 2 Solex twin choke PHH44
Dynamo Lucas Model C48 type 22802
Bore X Stroke 96 x 92 mm
Ignition Coil nd distributor
Displacement 3995
Fuel System
Clutch
Gearbox 3 speed automatic box
Coolant
Specific Output 236 bhp @ 5000rpm

Information

The Rapide which appeared at the Motor Show of 1961 was a large comfortable saloon, entirely in the prewar Lagonda idiom, styled by Touring of Milan and featuring a 4 litre straight six engine which was an enlarged version of the current DB4. Front suspension was by wishbones and a de Dion rear suspension featured.

Frank Feeley had left the company when the bulk of manufacturing moved to Newport Pagnell in 1957 since he did not want to disrupt his son’s education, so he had taken a job in the aircraft industry where his unique talent was totally wasted. Hence the choice of Touring. Opinion was divided on the body shape and few at the time liked the front, where a stylised Lagonda radiator didn’t really gel with the 1960s rest. Rumour has it that it was only a very last minute decision by David Brown to call it a Lagonda.   

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