• Mark Whitehead
    11 November 2011 at 20:03 #48545

    Sorting through my Father’s car records (he died a few months ago) I came across the registration book for our Rapide.
    When we bought the car from Guinness Breweries at Park Royal London in 1969 I was under the impression we were the second owners. However the car was sold new to Edward Farr Ltd of Bridge Works Wickford Essex in Feb 1964. It was sold 3 months later to Guinness.
    Can anyone shed light on Edward Farr Ltd? My searches have found nothing.

    12 November 2011 at 14:13 #48546

    Dear Mark,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your sad loss. My sincere condolences.

    Thank you for taking the trouble to provide this further information about 155 – fascinating stuff. Re Edward Farr Limited, a company of that name appears to have been wound up early in 1971: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/45328/pages/2692/page.pdf. I hope this helps.

    Best wishes,


    12 November 2011 at 20:37 #48549

    Hi Mark,
    Many years ago my brother worked for the Public Record Office, and was instrumental in finding the missing papers of Lagonda Ltd, thus helping Arnold Davey complete the History. It follows that documentation must still exist, so might be worth following up with PRO, & perhaps also Companies House.

    All the best


    13 November 2011 at 19:08 #48554

    Fascinating Mark; 155 was sold by Brooklands of Bond Street London (order number 14090) and was delivered to them on 16 Jan 64 (actually the papers say 1963 but that is clearly a clerical error). Their record for the car does not show the name of the first owner (although some do), which might lend weight that for some cars which have presumed early history might indeed have a slightly different version. It would be interesting to know what is detailed on the original build sheet at Aston Service Dorset

    That same record also suggests while 155 was the last car built it was not the last car ordered. 156 (or perhaps higher) would have been a manual car, Carribean Pearl with Grey interior for a Mr Canham. And there is some evidence of a subsequent car with legible details lost in photocopying and then scanning years ago (the bottom of the page has been copped off)

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