Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead Coupe
Alan Good addressed the look of Lagonda by hiring 26-year-old Frank Feeley to lend some youthful exuberance to its exteriors. Although the latter went on to create some memorable designs for Aston Martin during the David Brown post-WWII era, the LG6 still stands as one of his most seductive and arguably the most beautiful of all prewar drophead coupes. An evolution of the earlier, LG45 Rapide drophead, the LG6 had the extended teardrop fenders and sweeping lines that were fashionable at the time, particularly in France. But Feeley’s design was more restrained and, as a result, more elegant.
There was more to the LG6 than elegance; its performance more than justified the name Rapide. One of Bentley’s first projects after joining Lagonda was a redesign of the 4.5-liter six, an overhaul that included a new crossflow cylinder head and twin magneto ignition. As installed in the LG6, the revised six delivered about 140 horsepower at 3,800 rpm, giving the 3,700-pound car a top speed in excess of 105 mph – very brisk for the day.
The LG6 made its public debut at the 1937 London Motor Show, and production began in 1938. When war broke out in September 1939, total LG6 Rapide production stood at just six cars, and that was as high as it would go, making the Rapide much rarer than the traditional drophead coupe or saloon.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
4,453 cc “Meadows” six-cylinder OHV engine with dual SU carburetion, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper/lower wishbones on torsion bar springing, solid rear axle with parallel leaf springs, four-wheel Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127"
Source: RM Auctions
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