The Lagonda Rapide was a 4-door GT car produced from 1961 until 1964. Based on the Aston Martin DB4, it was David Brown's attempt to revive the Lagonda marque which he had purchased in 1948. It marked a revival of the Rapide model name which had been used by Lagonda during the 1930s. The car featured tailfins and a horse collar grille like Ford's failed Edsel.
The Rapide used a 4.0 L straight-6 engine, which would later be used in the Aston Martin DB5. Other new features included a de Dion tube rear suspension which would find its way into the Aston Martin DBS.
The car had dual circuit, servo assisted disc brakes, and most cars were supplied with a 3-speed automatic gearbox. The exterior body panels were constructed from aluminium alloy over a Superleggera tubular steel frame. The interior was upholstered in leather and had a burled walnut dashboard.
The car was built to order only and quite costly at £4,950. However, 55 vehicles were produced, of which 48 are known today.
In 2006, Aston Martin PLc announced their intention to revive the Rapide name. They then delivered on this promise by releasing the Rapide in 2010, but badged as an Aston Martin, not a Lagonda.