28 April 2013 at 20:41 #50130

    I have just browsed the AML Bonhams sale at NP.

    Only one Rapide is for sale, I already knew the Oz car was not joining in the fun, but the mystery deepens, I didn’t spot the Irish car either, perhaps it has sold privately ?

    Anyway, LR129 has been put up for sale, with estimate of ?60-80 k

    see the following link :


    1 May 2013 at 20:43 #50142

    Exciting! I have the original steering wheel from this car.

    2 May 2013 at 06:05 #50143

    It will become a benchmark I suspect, in view of condition and work recently done by the vendor and over time by the previous owner

    2 May 2013 at 09:00 #50144

    The Webasto may keep the hammer price down.

    2 May 2013 at 16:01 #50145

    I think the Webasto is a great addition especially with the air deflector up, unruffled even in the back. Makes the interior very light

    2 May 2013 at 18:20 #50146

    I think Webasto aside, Bonham’s have done a lot with this particular car; a large number of photo’s, long listing, interesting estimate etc; and they are no doubt hoping to get a very good price on the day.

    I wonder why the vendor has kept this car for such a short time – I won’t be letting go of mine so quickly.

    3 May 2013 at 22:19 #50149

    Excuse me folks, but could anyone tell me what Webasto is and enlighten me on the pro’s & con’s?

    This question may disclose a considerable ignorance on my part but there is only one way to solve this and that is simply ask the question.

    Thanks in advance!

    Colin M34
    3 May 2013 at 22:38 #50150

    Try http://sunroof.webasto.co.uk/ an enjoy enlightenment!


    ps LR129 looks like a nice car. I think it will “zoom”. Not for me I think…

    4 May 2013 at 10:16 #50151

    I think Webastos are both ugly and anachronistic. To my mind, they smack of the worst aspects of Britain’s past – the world that gave us caravans, Berni Inns, Formica, Butlins holiday camps, and cravats.

    However, it doesn’t matter what I think. What I made reference to was the fact that, in my view, the market doesn’t appreciate the idea of car’s integrity being imperiled by cutting a hole in the roof and inserting a crude bit of 1950s peculiarly English ‘improvement’ into it. Like Simon, I follow the market quite closely. In particular, I’ve made my own little study of this issue, having had this disaster visited upon my own 3 litre Mk2 by some kind person in the past.

    So, I stick by my assessment: the Webasto will reduce the hammer price of this Rapide over what it would otherwise have achieved, IMHO – best guess, by at least 10-15%. That said, I do agree with Colin when he says that the price may well ‘zoom’, nonetheless.

    4 May 2013 at 16:00 #50153

    Not sure I get your point Tim about Webastos being an anachronism if fitted when new (50 years ago!) by the factory. When rebuilding my car I had the option of repairing the Webasto or filling in the roof, and I chose to keep it, and I’m glad I did

    5 May 2013 at 11:00 #50156

    I’m not sure that I get your point, David. My understanding is that things can be both contemporary and anachronistic. By way of examples, I would cite string vests, teasmaids, and the Morgan Plus 4. 😮

    I do not seek to denigrate those who favour Webastos or, indeed, any of the above (I, myself, like Morgans). However, all these things (and many others one could think of) are surely anachronistic and, to the eyes of many, without redeeming features.

    As i suggest, surely the only thing worth debating in this context is whether the addition of a Webasto affects the value of the car so encumbered and, if it does, to what degree? If that’s right, isn’t it fair enough to suggest that the bloody things are not popular in the market place? 😀

    18 May 2013 at 18:16 #50176

    Circa ?147k is a new high for a Rapide. Not bad for a cat 2/3 car with very poorly fitted bumpers and Jag wheels and spinners (and a Webasto).

    18 May 2013 at 20:42 #50177

    Great result, the owner must be very pleased! It’s a nice looking Rapide which has had a lot of work done to it, I think the Webasto is a period feature which suits it.

    18 May 2013 at 21:42 #50178

    I think it is a fabulous result for the vendor.

    18 May 2013 at 21:52 #50179

    It is a well sorted car – but, that’s all. It isn’t a stunning example, by any means. And, the poorly fitted bumpers and the wheels let it down. Oh, and this Webasto is not a period feature but a rather a relatively recent addition to the car.

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