1935 Lagonda Rapier

In the mid-1930s, Lagonda returned to the manufacture of light cars with the introduction of the Rapier. The design was created by Thomas (Tim) Ashcroft and a prototype was shown at the 1933 Olympia Motor Exhibition. Production began in the late spring of 1934 with many examples being given four-seat tourer coachwork by Abbott. Under the bonnet as a four-cylinder, twin-overhead camshaft, 1104cc engine offering 45 horsepower. The original design called for the engine to be cast in light alloy but to save cost it was eventually made in cast iron using the original patterns. They had a sturdy frame, four-speed pre-selector gearbox and 13-inch diameter Girling brakes.

The chassis was designed by Charles King and was comprised of steel sections bolted together. The suspension system was comprised of half-elliptic springs controlled by friction dampers.

The Rapier was difficult and expensive to produce and sales were slow. In 1935 manufacturing rights passed to Rapier Cars Limited, of Hammersmith, where production continued for a few more years.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013

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