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1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Drophead Coupe

  • Chassis Number: 12172/R
  • Engine Number: 12172/R
The earliest known caretaker of this Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sport Tourer was 'Doc' Young. In 1959, it was acquired by an art teacher and vintage car enthusiast named John Whitehead of Pontypridd, Wales. Mr. Whitehead later stated in a Welsh newspaper article that he acquired it in Malaya, 'where it had been the property of an English doctor' - presumably Dr. Young.

From 1967 to 1974, the car was owned by D.R. Hine of Cheshire, and by 1993, it was in the ownership of Nicholas Jones of Hamilton, Bermuda. By 1999, it was owned by Christopher Hutchins of Bangor, Maine. By this point in history, it is believed that the car was fully restored and wore dark British Racing Green and black, with a tan leather interior and black cloth top. It retains most of its original structural wood and the body has its original wooden running board support as well as the original fenders.

Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini purchased the Lagonda in 2002 and sold it in 2006 to John O'Quinn, from whose vast collection it was acquired by the Academy of Art University in 2010.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2023

2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $692,500

2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $671,000

1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lagonda LG45 Rapide

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 LAGONDA LG45 RAPIDE
Chassis#: 12245/G10S
Sold for USD$1,055,500
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sport Tourer
Chassis#: 12172/R
Sold for USD$692,500
  2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center
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1937 LAGONDA LG45 RAPIDE REPLICA TOURER
Chassis#: 12178/G10
Sold for USD$223,236
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris
 
1937 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 12224
Sold for USD$209,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
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1937 LAGONDA LG45 SALOON DE VILLE
Chassis#: 12257/G/10
Sold for USD$117,188
  2016 Bonhams - Goodwood Members' Meeting
 
1937 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG45 Rapide Tourer
Chassis#: 12173/R
Sold for USD$1,185,233
  2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale
 
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide
Chassis#: 12245/G10S
Sold for USD$880,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville
Chassis#: 12212/G10
Sold for USD$17,326
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 
1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide Specification
Sold for USD$296,802
  2012 Coys Auctions - Spring Classics
 
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 12172
Sold for USD$744,688
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer
Chassis#: 12167/G10
Sold for USD$181,969
  2010 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile
 
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide
Sold for USD$671,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
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1937 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 12226
Sold for USD$119,151
  2003 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Lagonda LG45 Rapides That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sports Tourer12267/G10S2024 RM Sothebys : ModaMiami $750,000$850,000
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer12267R/G10S/R2018 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale $750,000$850,000
1937 Lagonda LG45 M45 Le Mans ReplicaLG45/SB/120382016 Bonhams : The Willi Balz Collection Public Tender Sale $100,000$150,000
1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide Specification 2013 Coys Blenheim Palace $165,000$185,000
1937 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Drophead Coupe12158/G102012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood $80,000$100,000

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