Lagonda Rapide 1961-1964
SPECIFICATION Engine 3995cc, in-line 6 Power 236bhp @ 5000rpm Torque 265lb ft @ 4000rpm 0-60mph 9.0sec Top speed 130mph David Brown had bought Lagonda in 1947, shortly after buying Aston Martin. He wanted it chiefly for its Bentley-designed straightsix engine, but production of the pre-db Lagonda models continued until 1958. The Lagonda name then vanished for several years, but in 1961 it reappeared on a new four-door saloon based on the DB4 but with the 4-litre engine that would soon power the new DB5. The Rapide (an old Lagonda model name) was fast and capable but the front styling was awkward and only 55 were sold in four years.