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1962 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA RAPIDE - €Auction

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 6 February 2019. Estimate:200.000 - 250.000 Displayed at the Aston Martin stand during the 1962 New York Auto Show One of only 55 produced, and one of just six built in left-hand driveWinner of Trofeo Automobile Club Como at the 2017 Concorso dEleganza Villa dEsteDisplayed at the Concorso dEleganza Kyoto in 2018 Purchased by David Brown in 1947, Lagonda had all but disappeared by 1957 as DB4 production dominated the companys activities. In 1961, however, a new Lagonda, named the Rapide, was announced. This was a true sports saloon in the best tradition of the Lagonda name, thanks to its twin-carb version of the 4.0-litre DB5 engine and lightweight alloy Superleggera body. Chassis no. LR/110/L is one of only six left-hand-drive examples built and was presented on the Aston Martin stand at the 1962 New York Auto Show. Originally ordered in Black Pearl over Red Connolly leather by Group Captain Hugh Marsland Groves of Sarasota, Florida, the Rapide was sold through Aston Martin distributer J.S. Inskip of New York. Group Captain Groves clearly cherished his Rapide driving some 21,814 miles in three years before Aston Martin modified the air intakes and added the handsome bonnet vents presumably to make the car even more useable in Floridas warm climate. Although the Rapide was ordered in automatic, at some point it was converted to manual and now sports a period-correct David Brown four-speed gearbox.By 1989, the Rapide was with Melvin Ritter in Arizona, who then sold it to an Aston Martin Service dealer in California. The extensive history file shows that LR/110/L was imported to the UK in 1990, before being exported to Australia in 1993 upon sale to Paul Sabine of Victoria. It was Mr. Sabine who undertook the extensive body-off restoration of the Rapide, including a bare-metal respray. After passing to at least two other Australian owners, the Lagonda returned to Europe. Prior to displaying the car at Villa dEste in 2017, the new owner spent some CHF 65,960 to prepare the car cosmetically and mechanically. This work included a top end engine rebuild, suspension and recommissioning work. A further £9,268 of service work was completed in the last 12 months. Offered for sale with an extensive history file dating back to 1962, including restoration invoices and photographs, this Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide represents a fantastic opportunity to own a rare and beautiful David Brown classic in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1143452

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