Timeless Elegance: The Allure of the 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sports Tourer

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In the restrained ambiance of pre-war British saloons, the Lagonda LG45 Rapide stood out with its bold design—courtesy of Frank Feeley, later known for the Aston Martin DB2. Despite Lagonda’s financial struggles before World War II, Alan Good’s intervention saved the company from falling into Rolls-Royce’s hands.

 

 

With Dick Watney at the helm, Lagonda transformed, and W.O. Bentley’s influence led to the LG45’s evolution. Watney envisioned a more spirited version, resulting in the Rapide—a captivating choice for affluent enthusiasts. Frank Feeley’s daring design adorned the 25 cars built on the LG45 chassis.

 

 

Powered by the proven 4,467-cc Meadows engine in ‘Sanction 3’ trim, upgraded by Bentley, the Rapide boasted improved exhaust and increased compression, propelling it past 100 mph. Unveiled in September 1936, just six months after Lagonda’s ownership change, the Rapide’s short production yielded only 25 examples, solidifying its status as a rare, powerful, and aesthetically striking luxury car of its era.

 

1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sports Tourer Tom Gidden ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Sports Tourer Tom Gidden ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

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