29 April 2012 at 10:25 #48994

    A 1963 registered Lagonda Rapide, chassis LR 120 / with original engine is now for sale. Re No 20FLK, known to LC. Color is original Buckingham green

    Only two owners, one of them for the last 48 years, (he purchased the car in 1964) a LC member. He has had the car serviced regularly at NP Works Service and more recently AM Chiltern

    For sale with Aston Martin Chiltern in Hemel Hempstead

    If you want more details, please email me.

    Engine has been converted to unleaded by works-service, power steering added and a 4-speed ZF auto box.

    Interior retrimmed by works service in last 10-15 years so very good.

    Car with current MOT, so makes a change that one is for sale which is driveable.

    But like all Rapides there is work to do on the sills, out-riggers, under chassis work etc.

    I have seen the car, its is very presentable, with good interior, engine and paint (75%) but plenty of welding work is required, as seems common on all of these cars.

    29 April 2012 at 11:29 #48997

    As with all these cars, if you can see that there is welding to be done, this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Although there are those on this forum who will disagree, to me there is no point in restoring a Rapide fully without de-skinning. Sure, you can strip the car right down and then use an endoscope etc. to view the Superleggera structure. But, frankly, why take the risk? As well as being able to cut out every last bit of rust and to e-coat the tubing etc., de-skinning also has the advantage of allowing for the insertion of modern materials between steel and alloy and thus cap off the spectre of future electrolytic issues.

    I haven’t seen this car but it sounds like yet another example of the results of taking the ‘other’ view of car restoration. Lots of money seems to have been spent, and to little point since the effort has been undermined by parsimony.

    29 April 2012 at 13:10 #48999

    Don’t forget that filler is structural…and it doesn’t rust!

    29 April 2012 at 13:28 #49000

    If you’ve found any filler in your car, Christian, it’s a non-original feature. 😀

    29 April 2012 at 18:04 #49001

    The car has actually been reguarly serviced and very well looked after and presents well. I liked it soo much that I actually made a good offer which was declined.

    The problem is that the owner is elderly (in his 90’s) and is down-sizing his considerable private collection. He has still got to come to terms with the amount of work which is required to bring the car up to a good standard – not a concours queen, but a highly acceptable and useable vehicle.

    Electroytic issues are common in all of these cars when in an unrestored condition, and it very much depends on the restorer which route you take and how deep your pockets are

    I didn’t see any filler, if I had, I would have paid extra for that, loved the picnic tables though…

    30 April 2012 at 19:47 #49005

    I have been informed that this car is now sold.

    Wasn’t on the market long from January !

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