1984 Aston Martin LagondaSOLD
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The launch of the Aston Martin Lagonda at the 1974 Earls Court Motor Show marked a return of the Lagonda name which had remained dormant since the Rapide model ceased production in 1964. Its conception, however, dated back to 1969 when Aston Martin Lagonda’s then owner, the late Sir David Brown, had a unique example built for his own personal use based on the Aston Martin DBS V8.

Only seven cars were built, but before production ended in June 1976 designer William Towns had already penned a completely new Series 2 version. Launched at Aston Clinton in October 1976, its platform chassis continued to use the V8’s suspension and brakes remained ventilated discs all round, mounted in-board at the back, while the 5,340cc, four camshaft alloy V8 engine, mated to a three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite transmission, produced 280bhp - sufficient for 148mph and 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, making the Lagonda one of the fastest four door saloons in the world.

It was the futuristic, aerodynamic, aluminium coachwork, however, that was a radical departure, with its sleek, sharp and straight-edged lines which measured no less than 17’ 4” in length to allow for both four seats and a separate boot. Inside, too, the design was radical, with the then very advanced digital, cathode-ray tube instrumentation with electronic push-button switchgear. By October 1984, four years after production had begun, this was supplemented by multi-lingual verbal accompaniment. A year earlier BBS alloy wheels had replaced the steel items, US specification spoilers and bumpers became standard and the Aston Martin prefix was dropped from the badging.

Rolling off the production line in 1984 and first registered on the 4th October this car features all of the futuristic digital displays as mentioned above and even boasts a TV mounted between the rear passengers. Finished in blue with a tan leather interior, this car is supplied with four old MoT certificates and a current one valid until January 2010, a V5 document, a recent bill from specialists Mulsanne Motors in January of this year, and the original hand book. With only 645 examples of this model produced and selling at £150,000 when new, this example, on offer at No Reserve, represents tremendous value.

Reference Number 39618

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda
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