1935 Lagonda M45R Rapide
*1935 Lagonda M45R (Rapide) T9
• Known ownership history 1935 to present
• Genuine Rapide model
• Only 6 owners from new
• Full restoration by UK Lagonda specialists
• Pebble Beach Concours – 2nd in class 2017
• Mille Miglia 2017 – finished 72nd out of 450 cars
This fabulous Lagonda Rapide, car No. Z11450, is the embodiment of mid-thirties English motoring at its finest; the new M45R model was based on a 10ft 3inch chassis mated to a Meadows six-cylinder 4.5 liter engine capable of a healthy 120bhp. When fitted with the open four seat tourer T9 coachwork the list price in 1935 was circa £1,000 equivalent to the cost of a small house!
Supplied new in 1935 by the Mayfair distributor Gaffikin Wilkinson, the ownership history of CGO 62, it's affectionately-referred to UK registration number, is known throughout its whole life. This includes Lagonda Club track events at Silverstone and other British road rallies in the early fifties when owned by L.G. Michaels and followed by 59 years of long term custodianship from 1954-2013 when owned by Group Captain Rexford-Welch, who was a much-distinguished radio biologist.
CGO 62 was subsequently gifted to a specialist Lagonda restorer in the UK and who carefully rescued the car from hibernation and began an exacting full restoration. This resulted in being placed 2nd in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2017, Bridgehampton Track show 2017 and Amelia Island d'Elegance this year. The Lagonda was also the first US entry home on the 2017 Mille Miglia arriving in 72nd position from a field of 450 cars.
A truly handsome motor car, offered with lovely supporting history documentation and fitted with twin side mounted spares, full tonneau, twin driving lamps and fold-flat screen with Brooklands aero screens, and currently eligible for all of the world's great road rallies.