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1938
Lagonda Rapier

Since 1906, Lagonda have been known for their range of big touring and sporting cars. Yet it was not always that way. A growing market for smaller-engined sports cars prompted Lagonda to commission Thomas 'Tim' Ashcroft in 1932 to build an engine for their new Rapide. 

The brief? To produce Britain’s finest 1104cc engine. Premiering at the 1933 Olympia Motor Show, the Rapier was praised by the motoring press of the day for its class-leading 50bhp performance and slick handling thanks to a strong conventional ladder-frame chassis with leaf-sprung suspension. But it was ruinously expensive to build, and in 1935 the firm went into administration

We are proud to offer this remarkable ‘Rapier’ survivor. EYX 2 is a 'Rapier' as it is one of just 46 built by Tim Ashworth's Rapier Cars Ltd at Lagonda’s ex-Service Department under the watchful eye of Lagonda in 1938.   

 

Currently fitted out with an Abbot four-seater body, it still displays well with Black coachwork with Green leather upholstery trim to a very high standard. Over the car’s life, owners have fettled the car to add to or maintain originality, appearance and performance. The car has been attended to by Classic Performance Engineering, DC Rogers Auto Repairs, ABC Auto-Electrical Services and by Vintage & Classic in Hereford in the quest to keep the car in fine form. 

The car is in super order, firing instantly and sounding all the better with its four-into-one exhaust manifold, the interior has plenty of room for all passangers, the hood is in great condition and is easy to erect even when flying solo.

 

The Rapier was a short lived model, and this car is also expected to find a lucky new owner equally short order.  

Need to know

 

* Registration No: EYX2
 

* 1 of just 48 chassis built by Rapier Cars, the firm established by Lagonda engineers 

* Chassis No: 11486 (the final year of Rapier Cars production ) 

* MOT: Exempt  

* 1.1 litre DOHC four-cylinder engine, four-speed pre-selector transmission with exposed gate 

* Twin SU carburettors and Kenlowe fan 

* Original Rapier radiator badge, Smiths speedometer and restored Rudge Whitworth wire wheels  

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