Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Auction: Lot 33 - 1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV

Here is another hideous Lagonda. Note the excellent Chrysler 3-spd slushbox!

Buy this red monster HERE

The Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, England, between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of £150,000. 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 and needed something to bring in some much-needed funds. Traditionally, Aston Martin had worked on 2+2 sports cars, but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon with a brand new V8 engine. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers and in so doing, helped Aston Martin's cash reserves. 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. 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. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel, with the second series used cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, club-like leather interior, and then-state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a Chrysler 3-speed "TorqueFlite" automatic transmission its 4-cam carbureted V8 provided powerful performance when required.

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