9 January 2014 at 12:18 #50608

    Seemingly hot on the heels of LR133, another wonderful Rapide is coming up for sale on 7th February at Artcurial.

    This one is LR128, one of the rare left hand drive cars, looks very good in what appears to be Goodwood Green paint; leatherwork interior looks to have been restored, originally fawn, and several carpets replaced.

    The engine now running on 3 SU’s and looks to have a had a fair bit of work and money spent under the bonnet.


    Estimate is Euros 140-220,000

    9 January 2014 at 15:57 #50611

    Bien trouve

    9 January 2014 at 16:34 #50612

    Merci beaucoup

    16 January 2014 at 15:19 #50632

    I had forgotten to mention that aside from being LHD, this car is also an original manual, and possibly with the superior 5-speed ZF box.

    17 January 2014 at 12:36 #50636

    And the air-con is Normalair, fitted when new

    17 January 2014 at 14:07 #50638

    I wonder if it worked any better than the DB5 or DB6, was never too impressed with this system in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

    7 February 2014 at 19:04 #50665

    Sold for ?160K…

    8 February 2014 at 11:48 #50666

    A bit low, though I note that many lots barely made it to the bottom of their estimate bracket (and some didn’t even manage that).

    8 February 2014 at 18:12 #50667

    Do you think LHD is a good or a bad thing value wise?

    9 February 2014 at 13:24 #50668

    I have been told by several very well qualified trade sources – at least reference DB4/5/6 models – that LHD should attract a 10-20% premium. Of course, there are several thousand of those cars, as opposed to our tiny number. That may make a difference. Then again………..

    9 February 2014 at 18:13 #50669

    Has anyone seen 128 in the metal, especially underneath, to help judge if 160K Euro was fair? Only 5 of the original 6 LHD Rapides survive (i.e not 104), plus at least one converted later. Located in CH, OZ, US, FR, KWT in chassis order

    9 February 2014 at 18:17 #50670

    The condition is not entirely clear from the description.

    10 February 2014 at 08:56 #50671

    With commission and VAT the final price was ?219 – so around ?180K…which is not so bad!

    10 February 2014 at 13:24 #50672

    The sold price was 193,000 Euro’s, which is ?160,400.

    Having seen the car in person, I rated it overall as poorer than LR129, so the price was right, even with the typically poor advertising of Art Curial outside of Europe.

    The re-spray was i.m.o. poor, and nowhere near Goodwood Green; underneath the car there was a variety of indifferent welding.

    The carpets. under-felt etc were all poor replacements etc. The floor-pans were solid, but not pretty repairs, when you looked carefully.

    Detailing was not the strong point for the car. The best point for European buyer’s was the lhd

    [I collected copies of build sheet and owner history whilst I was there on my phone].

    Paris is a wonderful place to spend for an anniversary….

    10 February 2014 at 13:55 #50673

    “A bit low, though I note that many lots barely made it to the bottom of their estimate bracket (and some didn’t even manage that). “

    I agree with this Tim, but of course there were exceptions: the DB4 which was not actually a DB4GT, did very well imo, the DB5 and DB6 were on the money; the Ferrari’s did ok (but not as good as the recent USA auctions); high quality European cars did fine; the Lagonda V12 dhc made very good money as they always do in Europe; far better than the comparable example at H&H in December did.

    Overall, the sale suffered from “too little and to late” in terms of advertising /marketing. Which is typical of Tajan who are behind Art Curial. There are plenty of auctions at the moment, all competing for people’s money.

    However, cars which were either not top notch “current investors purchases” or high condition 2 / 1 or better cars, did poorly; that is where I would place LR128.

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