1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer (£20,000 – 25,000)
A 1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer has recently been unearthed from the coach house of Glyn Cywarch, the Baronial seat of the illustrious Harlech family. Unmoved for over thirty years, the car appears to have been largely unaffected by the Gwynedd weather and is in surprisingly good condition. It is one of only 330 models ever made, and retains its exquisite Ranalah coachwork.
Lagonda returned, briefly, to the manufacture of light cars in 1934 with the production of the Rapier, but this foray lasted only four years. The short-lived British marque was highly sought after due chiefly to its powerful engine, the creation of Thomas ‘Tim’ Ashcroft, which was billed as ‘Britain’s finest 1,100cc engine.’ It was easily the highest revving car of its time, and was capable of up to 70mph.
The Rapier was supplied without a body, which allowed buyers to select their own coachbuilders and create a bespoke motor car. Francis, 6th Baron Harlech, its former owner, opted for sleek Ranalah coachwork on the sporty Rapier. The car originally retailed at £375, but is now estimated to reach £20,000 - 25,000 at auction. There is scope for restoration, but as patina is now widely considered a badge of honour amongst the motoring community, it may well be maintained in its current state. Either way, it will make a fantastic project for enthusiasts of this increasingly rare model.
1925 Douglas 2¾ hp Model CW (£3,500 – 4,500)
Also discovered amongst the decades of dust was a 1925 Douglas 2¾hp Model CW. The Bristol based firm Douglas Foundry began production in 1907 and quickly began to enjoy successes in competitions such as the Junior TT in the Isle of Man, where 2¾hp machines had a clean sweep, being placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. After further success in the 1914 Six Days Trial, Douglas was awarded the wartime contract for the supply of military machines. This post-Great War model is an example of their continued success, boasting rim brakes both front and rear, with an engine that still manages to turn over despite being more than ninety years old. It is fitted with a two-speed ‘coffee grinder’ gear, so called for the rattling noise which accompanies the rider wherever they go (and indeed those within a mile radius!) It is presented with a charming patina, and is offered for re-commissioning or restoration (£3,500 - 4,500).
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