• Francis
    21 May 2011 at 13:49 #48245

    I plan on attending the auction specially since there is a Lagonda V8 as well for sale. Who knows, I might bring it back home…


    5 June 2011 at 18:55 #48263

    SOLD $90,000 USD

    10 June 2011 at 07:45 #48274

    $105,300 including premium, a good investment for the vendor as he paid $18K for it in 2006. Fair value in today’s market IMO

    So Francis are you the new owner?

    10 June 2011 at 16:47 #48276

    That’s what I’d call good value in today’s market! IIRC, the Bonhams car a year or two back made that sort of money. Since then, values appear to me to have risen and (perhaps) the car that has just sold is better than the UK car (better paint, anyway 😀 ).

    11 June 2011 at 17:52 #48279

    Did anyone get a condition report and would the non original engine effect the value very much?

    11 June 2011 at 18:22 #48280

    All 4 of the high-selling auctioned Rapides (including 121 above) have now been sold by Bonhams as follows

    149 (May 08 at AMWS) ?84K incl (with 4.2 engine, original number)
    147 (May 09 at AMWS) ?75K incl (with DB5 engine)
    138 (Dec 10 at Brooklands) ?86.2K incl (original engine, as befits concours car)

    So I wouldn’t expect the “non-original” engine to affect the value much, and clearly it didn’t this week; it was fitted in May 1965 by AML possibly as a warranty claim or goodwill gesture given it was owned by Babcock & Wilcox Ltd

    Another car sold privately recently fetched a price of a similar order. The take-off point according to my research was around 2007. Food for thought!

    12 June 2011 at 11:11 #48281

    September 2007 I bet!

    12 June 2011 at 15:32 #48282

    Is 138 in pukka concours-winning condition? If so, that car was very cheap.

    Obviously, the two of you know something (in particular) that I do not (or have forgotten) – what happened in September 2007?

    12 June 2011 at 19:17 #48283

    I may be out by a few months but I meant the start of the banking crisis and loss of confidence in property…

    13 June 2011 at 10:01 #48284

    Ah, I see. Well, as you will know, if there was a consequential dip in classic car values it was very short lived. For at least 18 months now, values have shot up, of course – the received wisdom is that cash converted into cars / art / wine etc. almost guarantees a better return than most investments AND it’s much safer. Plus, of course, you can drive the cars. 😀

    14 June 2011 at 06:51 #48291

    In proposing the take off point was 2007, I was referring back to the motorbase website which lists most Rapide auction selling prices since the 90s, and which shows 2006 as the last year when cars sold for 20-30K (e.g. 146 the AML one). 138 certainly was in concours condition some time ago, and for about a decade (88-98) either it or 154 won the Lagonda Class at AMOC concours before certain wedges came on the scene

    14 June 2011 at 10:05 #48294

    Right, I think I may have read a bit too much into it being 2007…

    14 June 2011 at 21:23 #48297

    In mid 2008 a Lagonda sold for $35 000.- on e-bay. The car was in Florida, Blue as I recall… I missed the auction by 5 minutes… It came with a trunk full of spare parts.

    Some guy in Indonisia is offering a Lagonda Rapide for sale on the internet…It’s a scam. He’s using the pictures of that car as it was advertized?on e-bay in 2008…


    14 June 2011 at 23:08 #48298

    Hi Francis,

    Yes, that’s the one David mentioned near the beginning of this thread – it was found somewhere Kissimmee in Florida. By chance, I had been in the town a few months earlier – if only I had known about the car at the time! $35k was strong money if it was in pretty poor condition (which I think was the case).


    2 November 2011 at 19:18 #48530

    Hi All i am owner of the Irish Lagonda Rapide good news its still alive
    and well, It has been stored for about 20 years any questions i will be happy to answer all the best

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