A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text)
Lot 537TP
A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer
Coachwork by Coachwork by Ranalah Coachworks Ltd, London Registration no. AKY 675 Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text)
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 40,143) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text) A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text) A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text) A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text) A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text) A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448 Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text)
A 1936 Rapier 10hp Tourer
Coachwork by Coachwork by Ranalah Coachworks Ltd, London

Registration no. AKY 675
Chassis no. Chassis no. 11448
Engine no. Engine no. D228/1 (see text)
• Rare British sports car
• One of 300 built by Rapier Cars Ltd
• Last taxed in 1984
• Engine turns over; good compression
• An excellent basis for full restoration

Lagonda returned, briefly, to the manufacture of light cars in 1934 with the introduction of the Tim Ashcroft-designed Rapier. In appearance reminiscent of a baby 2-Litre, the Rapier was most often seen with four-seat tourer coachwork by Abbott. The car's most notable feature was its gem of an engine: a four-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft unit displacing 1,104cc and producing 45bhp on twin SUs. A sturdy chassis frame, ENV four-speed pre-selector transmission and 13" diameter Girling brakes completed the mechanical picture. With such a specification the model was necessarily expensive to produce; sales were disappointing and in 1935 manufacturing rights passed to Rapier Cars Limited of Hammersmith, where production continued for a few more years. Some Rapiers had been bodied by John Charles & Co of Kew, and when that company folded, its successor - Ranalah, previously a Charles brand name - picked up the contract to body those built by Rapier Cars Ltd.
Built in 1936 by Rapier Cars Ltd, this example carries two-door, four-seater coachwork by Ranalah. It should be noted that the engine has been replaced at some time, as the chassis plate notes number '3217' whereas the crankcase is numbered 'D228/1'. The body appears original and fundamentally sound; the ash frame is in good order, and the aluminium panelling appears serviceable. The near-side rear wing, being steel, has corroded the adjacent aluminium 3/4 panel, which will require attention. The paintwork is certainly very old - possibly original - with some lifting in places and polished through to the primer on the scuttle. The chrome is all heavily pitted, while the tyres are cracked and need replacement. The interior has the original seats trimmed in green leather; this is hardened and needs attention, but is saveable. Other noteworthy features include the original Smiths black-faced speedometer and rev counter, some later accessories, a temperature gauge, and a Smiths oil pressure gauge (modern).
The engine turns over with good compression; the oil is very clean and appears to have been changed in recent years. The last tax disc is dated 1984, but it seems likely that the engine has been run in the last 10 years. A potentially very rewarding project, this rare British sports car could either be left in the fashionable 'oily rag' condition and used as is, or form the basis for a complete restoration. There are no documents with the car, though it does appear if HPI checked and thus is on the DVLA system.

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