2011 Aston Martin Rapide
Joy for four
With the introduction of the Rapide, Aston Martin ensured that ownership of its modern day sports cars was no longer a hedonistic experience limited to the driver “plus one.”
The Rapide owes its name to the Lagonda Rapide, a four-door produced from 1974 to 1990. It was a rare and distinctive saloon with less than 700 examples produced.
Aston Martin revived the Lagonda concept in 2010 with a four-door fastback design based on the DB9, hence the Rapide’s body reminiscent of a smoothed over coupe.
It’s a pretty thing, and this 2011 example presents oh-so-beautifully in pearlescent Morning Frost white with chrome side strakes, chrome glasshouse surround and chrome bonnets vents. Ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels full of lustre complete the silhouette.
The blemish free exterior is matched by a sumptuous black leather interior with contrasting red stitching. The ivory Alcantara roof-lining gives an open and airy feel to the cabin.
Forward occupants are pampered with ventilated front seats while rear seat travellers get their own individual rear-seat entertainment system, complete with screens built into the back of the front seat headrests.
This fastback was delivered new from Aston Martin Melbourne and has been meticulously serviced from its place of purchase ever since. It is a genuine, caring, one-owner example and presents accordingly. This is a car whose condition belies its age and it makes for a savvy offering on Zagame Collection