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1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide Tourer [12173/R]

1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide [12173/R] in Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang, Movie, 2010 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide Tourer [12173/R]

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chris40 UK

2010-08-21 19:57


Lagonda ... Rapide?

fortengo HU

2010-08-22 13:14


I agree, it looks like a LG45 Rapide Tourer.

CougarTim US

2010-09-04 23:04


Possibly the same car as /vehicle_313750-Lagonda-LG-45-1937.html

peteyg UK

2020-04-02 20:33


100% LG45 Rapide. This car was for sale in 2015 with Bonhams auctioneers.

dsl SX

2020-04-02 23:55


https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22729/lot/21/ - Sold for £785,500 inc. premium

"1937 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG45 Rapide Tourer, FPB 198
*Single family ownership from new. Purchased directly from the factory in 1937

One of only 25 manufactured, chassis number '12173/R' is from the second batch of LG45 Rapide Tourers made at the Staines factory. The Lagonda was purchased new by George Dodd in 1937 via the factory, finished in Grey with blue trim, and fitted with the right-hand change G9-type gearbox. In 1960, George Dodd, then in his 80th year, purchased an AC Ace-Bristol and passed on the Rapide to his son Barclay, by which time it had recorded some 67,000 miles. Barclay, who passed away in February of this year [2015] at the age of 100, enjoyed a very busy and active life including a test driver for Aston Martin in the 1930s.

Barclay Dodd first encountered the Lagonda Rapide in 1937 while he was working for Aston Martin at its Hanworth Aerodrome works. Impressed by the factory demonstrator's performance on the new Chertsey Bypass, he recommended the Rapide to his father, who duly took delivery of 'FPB 198' on 23rd March 1937. The car was delivered straight from the Staines factory by a Mr Fenn to its owner's home in Uckfield, Sussex, replacing a 4½-Litre Bentley the family had owned from new.

Writing in the Lagonda Club's magazine in 1985, Barclay Dodd described 'FPB 198', by then with over 92,000 miles recorded, as 'still sound in wind and limb, maintaining the same performance with which the green demonstrator so thrilled me 48 years ago and providing still that customary day by day transportation in comfort.'

Well known locally in East Sussex as 'ton-up Barclay', he used the Rapide as regular transport well into his 90s, often being stopped by the local constabulary for speeding. A Mercedes-Benz 500SL was purchased as a replacement daily driver in the early 1990s but Barclay found it too slow and wanted an SL55 AMG instead! The Lagonda's fame is not confined to East Sussex, as it has appeared in the film Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang (2010) and an episode of the Miss Marple television series: The Blue Geranium.

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