• Christian
    10 August 2011 at 15:56 #48434

    Lagonda Rapide 125 for sale ?40000…

    10 August 2011 at 16:10 #48435

    Nice project car – and, on wires!

    12 August 2011 at 09:47 #48440

    This car has not been known to the register since about 1968. Thanks for the link Christian

    12 August 2011 at 21:18 #48443

    The number of missing cars shrinks by one, then. Hurrah!

    15 August 2011 at 13:53 #48450

    Driveshafts replaced three times in the first 18 months…

    16 August 2011 at 13:11 #48452

    Not that unusual, mine had 3 gearboxes in the same period. The warranty bills must have been huge

    16 August 2011 at 21:25 #48453

    I wonder if they were also driven hard because of the type of person who bought them?

    Colin M34
    17 August 2011 at 06:53 #48454

    Here’s a thought. Many sub-assembles such as gearboxes etc were bought in, as was the Meadows engine with pre-war cars. If, for example, a gearbox was causing problems, it could be whipped out and a replacement put in so the customer had his car back very quickly. The company could then have a dialogue with the component supplier as to who was ultimately responsible for the warranty claim.

    In the mean time the customer was delighted with the “no quibble” guarantee of his super-car which of course he drove hard!


    17 August 2011 at 16:24 #48455

    Many of the cars were originally driven by chauffeurs, perhaps they were harsh users when the boss was not in the back. Many of the issues however were of design, especially for example the half shafts; these are not at right angles to the plane of rotation of the road wheels but at about 89 degrees to save space in the de Dion arrangement. This means the shafts carry loads they were not designed for by Hardy Spicer, which causes spline wear especially if the wrong grease is used. When new this was not appreciated so “ordinary” grease was used, but this was quickly changed to a more resilient graphite grease which lessens the problem but does not cure it. The Rapide warranty claims apparently nearly broke AML at the time, quite apart from the opportunity cost of losing DB4/5 production (said to be 4 off) to build one Rapide. The “finest of fast cars” was quite a tough slogan to live up to for a demanding clientele who often were personal friends or associates of DB

    21 August 2011 at 13:15 #48458

    So this is a lost car to resurface. It is in need f restoration from the looks of it but is this chassis rust free? does anyone know?
    40 000 pounds is a hefty price to pay for a car that will eventually have to be dismantled completly for remake.


    25 May 2012 at 13:34 #49251

    This car was seen at the DBR2 day, apparently being given a run out by Chicane Classics on behalf of its new owner in Hampshire. If the owner is here, perhaps you’d share some more info with us, thanks

    25 May 2012 at 14:01 #49252

    A friend of mine had a ride in this car on the DBR2 day, and said it was very confortable indeed. It was his first ride in a Rapide and he was very impressed.

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