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1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide Tourer Vehicle Profile

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

1935 Lagonda M45 photograph

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Introduced at the 1933 Olympia Motor Show, the Lagonda M45 had a 4.5-Liter, twin-plug straight-6 Meadows engine that proved to be quite a potent machine. A team of three short-chassis cars fitted with Girling drum brakes and highly tuned engines were prepared by Lagonda's main agents, Fox & Nicholl, for the 1934 RAC Tourist Trophy, and they finished in fourth, fifth and eighth place. The following year one of these TT cars, driven by John Hindmarsh and Luis Fontes, won the 24-Hours of LeMans. These cars were the basis for the Lagonda M45 Rapide, which quickly established itself as a favorite among sporting motorists of the day.

This Lagonda was supplied new by Gaffkin Wilkinson & Co. Ltd. of 17a Hanover Square, London on 28th October 1935. This car was originally built for London theatre owner, Laura Henderson. It was sold to film director, Lance Comfort in 1947. In 1949, it was purchased by Col. L. S Michael OBE and raced extensively by Billy Michael. The 4th owner, beginning in 1956 was Group Captain S. C. Rexford -Welch (Lagonda Club Secretary & Medical Doctor.) He owned for a period of 61 years.

This car was the last Rapide built in 1935 before Lagonda went into receivership and only one of three Rapids built with this body style.

This Lagonda was rediscovered hidden in a tumble-down English lock-up after 60 years of abandonment. The Rapide has just been restored and returned to competition, participating in the 2017 Mille Miglia retrospective.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Lagonda M45 Pillarless Saloon
Sold for USD$95,783
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide
Chassis#: Z11399
Sold for USD$175,000
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide
Chassis#: Z11399
Sold for USD$175,000
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Lagonda M45's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Lagonda M45A Le Mans Style SportsZ114082016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   

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