Without question, the Lagonda is one of
the World's greats. Many models were fitted with Meadows
engines, which in my view is always a good start.
Although large, these cars could really handle and
considerable success was enjoyed on the track, including
a le Mans win.
Lagonda did manage to produce one pup
though: the Rapier. This was a 1500cc disaster with a
preselector gearbox. After the war and fusion with Aston
Martin, the Lagonda really became an Aston outlet for 4
door saloons. Most of these were styling disasters and
were largely overbodied to be worth much. I bought a 4
litre Rapide for £250 on behalf of a friend. I did
manage to deliver it to Cannes, but was I glad to leave
I purchased a V12 drophead. Its
performance and elegance was unbeatable and I wish I
still had it today.