Charlie Watts’ Lagonda Rapide to Grace the 2024 Concours on Savile Row

Charlie Watts' Lagonda Rapide to Grace the 2024 Concours on Savile Row

The 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide, owned by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, will be on display at Concours on Savile Row in London on the 22nd and 23rd of May.

H. Huntsman & Sons and Hagerty Insurance are presenting a unique insight into a rock legend at the Concours – Charlie Watts’ car will be exhibited on the famous street outside Huntsman, with his suits being on display inside the tailors.

In addition, a personal discussion about Charlie Watts will take place in the Huntsman lounge. It will be hosted by renowned automotive expert Simon Taylor, Dario Carnera, Head Cutter at Huntsman, and Paul Sexton, author of the official Charlie Watts biography.

The cars red leather interiorWatts’ Lagonda has not been seen in over 40 years. This model of Lagonda was one of very few machines able to exceed 100mph prior to World War Two – which ended production of the LG6 Rapide, leaving this car one of only six ever produced.

The Lagonda was bought by the drummer in 1983, becoming part of his motoring collection. Yet despite his love of cars, Watts never held a driving licence and never drove. He preferred to view his cars as beautiful objects, although he did start them up to hear the engines purr.

Fittingly, Watts loved fine clothes and was also a client of Huntsman, who made the bespoke suits he wore. He had custom-made suits to match the cars’ interiors in his collection, including the Lagonda.

In fact, Watts made over 200 bespoke orders for suits with Huntsman, and the unique display at Concours on Savile Row will feature his own Huntsman tailoring, including three distinct house tweed sports coats, each created to complement a car from his impressive collection.

Watts’ first public appearance as a member of the Rolling Stones was in February 1963. He remained with the band for 58 years until his death, at which time he was one of the only members to have performed on every one of their studio albums.

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