Car Catcher: A Pebble Beach-Winning Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead

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As the name suggests, the Lagonda V12 was powered by a 4.5-liter V12, this one originally designed by W.O. Bentley with power output somewhere in the ballpark of 180 horsepower. Gear changes were handled through a four-speed manual transmission.

This particular 1939 Lagonda V12, however, is somewhat unique in that it is one of 17 Rapide models that was equipped with “Le Mans competition specified ‘Sanction IV’ engine modifications.” As well, the Lagonda is reported to be the only example commissioned with James Young coachwork.

The most recent restoration work on the car was completed in 2015 by Chistchurch, New Zealand-based Auto Restorations. Later, in 2018, the Lagonda would go on to win first in its class at that year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Finished in a shade of dark green over a tan leather interior, this 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Drophead is available through Fantasy Junction for $795,000, with a reported 32,186 miles on its odometer.

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