Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A practical Aston

Rare 1963 Aston Martin built with a view to be “equally suitable to drive or be driven in” to be auctioned with an estimate £377,000 higher than its 2006 £23,000 selling price

 

blank

Long before luxury carmakers such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley embarked on attempting to replicate the success of the Range Rover, Aston Martin produced a four-door sports saloon that fulfilled David Brown’s ambition to “build a car which would be equally suitable to drive or be driven in”. One example of a total of just 55 made, a 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon, is to be auctioned in London on the 6th December.

 

A practical Aston - 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon
A practical Aston – 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon

 

blank
blank

Sitting on a re-engineered and lengthened DB4 platform-type chassis, the automatic car features aluminium coachwork by Touring of Milan and a “clubby” interior with picnic tables, electric windows and even a remote filler cap opener. It was priced at £5,000 – some 25% higher than the price of a standard Aston Martin DB4 (and the equivalent of £95,500 or $145,000 or €136,000 today) – and first owned by a director of the coachbuilders Hooper & Co.

 

After passing through the hands of various owners, the vehicle was purchased “in generally good condition” by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. at auction in 2006 for just £23,000 (the equivalent of £31,00 or $47,000 or €44,000 today). It was then subjected to a £260,000 ($394,000 or €371,000) “last nut and bolt” renovation and converted from a 4.0-litre to a 4.2-litre engine capacity.

 

A practical Aston - 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon
A practical Aston – The car comfortably seats four
blank
blank
A practical Aston - 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon
A practical Aston – From the front and from the rear
A practical Aston - 1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide 4.2-litre sports saloon
A practical Aston – The car prior to its sale and subsequent restoration in 2006

 

Auctioneers Bonhams describe this spectacular saloon as being the “best example of its type currently available” and have set an estimate of £350,000 to £400,000 ($530,000 to $606,000 or €500,000 to €570,000).

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    blank
    blank
    blank
    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    2 COMMENTS

    1. It seems to have a manual gear knob and a clutch pedal so maybe it has been misdescribed as an automatic or maybe this was changed from automatic when they upgraded the engine. That aside, they have changed the colour as well (for the worse) as the engine and so it is no longer original. I doubt that it will sell very well as a result, originality is everything with cars like these.

    2. I agree with Charles Mitford Cust that it looked much better attired in a midnight blue coat (pre restoration) Ice blue (if that is the colour, post restoration) somewhat demeans it – a well aged brandy against a glass of Proseco.
      Just the word ‘Lagonda’ is enough to make me want it but it would go straight to the paint shop. I’d like a gear lever and lots of hard manual changing to do too – shake up the rear passengers a bit, well spotted Mr M C!

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    £1 per week Supports The Steeple Times

    Help journalism to remain honest & independent. You can make a difference to the world today.

    2,864FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    12,592FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this unique site, it helps us tremendously. The Steeple Times in return will send you an email at noon each and everyday, that we sincerely hope you will enjoy & look forward to seeing in your inbox.

    AD
    Advertisement

    Trending Now

    Abused To Abuser – No Excuses Ghislaine

    As the ‘Daily Mail’ claims to share new ‘bombshell’ revelations suggesting Ghislaine Maxwell herself a victim of abuse, we remind them that this story is nothing new and abused to abuser should not be allowed as her excuse.

    Batshit Bonkers Bouzy Beaten By Yankee Wally

    As it is revealed that the nemesis of the Duchess of Sussex that is Sadie Quinlan (AKA ‘Yankee Wally’) has been given a radio show, the Bot Sentinel bore that is Christopher Bouzy has a moronic meltdown.

    Perjury Pending?

    Now she’s been denied a retrial after her conviction for sex trafficking, when will U.S. prosecutors announce whether they’ll definitely now drop Ghislaine Maxwell’s second trial for perjury?

    Runners & Riders – The Grand National 2022

    ‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 5 each way bet options for Saturday’s crowded Grand National 2022; we hope to repeat or improve on our 11/1 win last year.

    Most Popular Artcles

    Who REALLY is Omid Scobie?

    An examination of the true character traits of the Duchess of Sussex’s PR peddling biased ‘bestie’ Omid Scobie by Nikolay Kalinin.

    Justice for James Scurlock

    Power of social media proven after senseless killing of James Scurlock in Omaha, Nebraska allegedly by a controversial bar owner named Jake Gardner who has been photographed with Donald Trump.

    Moron of the Moment – Prince Harry

    With his marriage to the woman formerly known as Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has morphed into an utter bore   Prince Harry used to be a...

    Scobie Orf!

    ‘MeGain’s’ bestie Omid Scobie deservedly gets slammed by ‘Yankee Wally’ Sadie Quinlan for getting her shut down on Twitter; this childish chap should now just ‘belt up, wrap up and shut up.’