Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Auction: Lot 25 - 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda

If you want an example of the low point of Aston Martin design, this appalling Lagonda can be yours for a paltry £24,000-£28,000. The comparison to Rolls-Royce is laughable.

The Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of £150,000 and the name was derived from the Lagonda marque that Aston Martin had purchased in 1947. Aston Martin was facing severe financial pressure in the mid-1970s following the petrol crisis and the Lagonda was aimed predominantly at the US and Middle Eastern markets.

Traditionally, Aston Martin had worked on two door sports cars but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon which utilized the 5430cc Tadek Merak designed V8 engine that was being used in the current Aston Martin V8 models.. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers and in so doing, helped Aston Martin's finances. The car was designed by William Towns in an extreme interpretation of the classic 1970s "folded paper" style. It was as unconventional a design then as it is now and even today car enthusiasts are fiercely divided on the car's aesthetic value. Throughout the history of the marque, these hand-built Lagonda's were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world. The only other "production" cars to approach its lofty price tag were from the stables of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

Offered at the Historics of Brooklands December 4 auction

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