• Francis
    10 February 2011 at 11:44 #48058

    The Cartier car is probably what i will end up building…but not buy at after restoration prices.


    10 February 2011 at 12:50 #48059

    Francis, just in case you don’t know about it, the Cartier car was commissioned for / by the ‘Mrs Cartier’ of the time (i.e. wife of scion etc.). It has been in several collections to date, is reputed to be in perfect condition, and features mink-lined upholstery!

    Perhaps your restoration plans will not include such provision? 😆

    10 February 2011 at 13:53 #48060

    The Irish car has not been seen for many years as I understand it, so its actual location, condition and availability is unknown to me. Quite an adventure to try to find it…

    TJVL, do you think the mink survives?

    10 February 2011 at 14:09 #48061

    David, I agree re the Irish car. Were I in Francis’ shoes, given what he has said I think I would partake of that adventure – not too many further / other opportunities of its ilk seem likely in the future.

    I have never seen snaps of the Cartier car. The only first hand knowledge that I have of it was gleaned from the man himself. I had assumed (a) that the mink was still in place, and (b) he would retain it. Quite another question is whether, if it was removed at some point before purchase, he would have it replaced? I rather think I can guess the correct answer! 😀

    10 February 2011 at 17:34 #48062

    Being from Canada we are sensitive to the issue of fur… (LOL!)

    So if you ride in the Cartier car with shorts, or for girls with mini skirts, do you get a special feeling from the fur?
    😀 😀 😀
    The Irish car, with all the chasing for it, is probably more my style!


    11 February 2011 at 16:26 #48063

    I’ve just checked the Irish number plate site and it has no record of CZB678 so it would appear that it has either got a new number, been scrapped or been exported

    13 February 2011 at 19:29 #48064

    Hummm… So the plot thickens….

    Is there a registry of all 55 cars that someone might have compiled over the years?

    In the Lagonda V8 club, one Swedish guy did that for all 645 cars that are out there. So you can always consult the Lagonda V8 gallery when something comes up with a car.

    Not all cars are in the registry but every time one of the club’s member spots one, it gets added.

    Here it is: http://www.vassard.dk/lagonda/gallery/

    Check it out, I own 13207 and 13422 ( or what’s left of that one!).


    17 February 2011 at 10:22 #48069

    The Aston Martin Heritage Trust maintains a register of Rapides, it is ongoing work, but there is nothing (yet) like the Danish Wedge site. Maybe one day!

    Mark Whitehead
    19 February 2011 at 21:59 #48070

    David, does that list include our #155

    21 February 2011 at 09:41 #48076

    Yes Mark it does include reference to your car, however it does not have much detail of its history. Just numbers and colours etc from the original build sheet, and reference to first owner being a member of Guinness family. If you’d like to provide a brief summary, I’d be happy to make sure the AMHT info is updated. I’ll send you an email

    7 March 2011 at 20:47 #48093

    I have in nearly all the details of approx 30 known Rapides and some details of the others, 5 are known to have been scrapped.I hope this helps a little.

    8 March 2011 at 08:51 #48094

    Alan, which ones do you have no info on? It would be interesting to compare notes on which cars we know nothing about, to lend weight or otherwise to the repeated statement that “48 cars are known to exist”

    8 March 2011 at 16:58 #48095

    I have done a more thorough check and it is 31 Rapides known to exist, 10 unknown plus 5 unknown for over 20 years,
    6 scrapped & 3 in a very bad state. total 55.
    Sorry but it is not possible to give all the chassis no’ details,
    which is private to there owners.

    9 March 2011 at 08:13 #48096

    I think there are only 7 definite unknowns. And in your scrapped category, do you include the 2 cars known to me that have been converted into something else?

    9 March 2011 at 09:36 #48097

    It sounds to me as if Alan and David need to get their heads together a little (more). 🙂

    Alan, with respect, an individual chassis number is not data that is private or personal to anyone. However, linking an individual to such data is a private and personal matter, of course. 🙂 AMOC / AMHT is able to (and does) make the former available to the public and, indeed, the ‘public’ part of the Register is available for purchase by non-members. Perhaps the Lagonda Club should consider making a similar provision?

    All the best,


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