by Gauk
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:45 AM

Aston Martin's periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, four-door AM V8 in the mid 1970s, a mere handful of which was constructed. 

Estimate: £50,000 - 80,000

*The first real production car
*Completely rebuilt by Aston Martin in 1986
*Only 4,244 miles since the rebuild
*Present ownership for 30 years
*In storage for 14 years

Aston Martin's periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, four-door AM V8 in the mid 1970s, a mere handful of which was constructed. When the concept re-emerged as an entirely new product type, it was the sensation of the 1976 London Motor Show. Clothed in striking 'razor edge' bodywork designed by William Towns - the man responsible for the DBS - the new Lagonda saloon, designated 'Series 2', used the same long-wheelbase V8 chassis as its immediate predecessor, while breaking new ground in terms of digital LCD instrumentation and touch-button switch gear. Problems with this advanced concept would delay production until April 1978, by which time a simplified arrangement had been adopted. The interior though, was every bit as luxurious as the exterior was futuristic, featuring selected Connolly hides, Wilton carpeting and walnut veneer, all hand-finished by skilled craftsmen in the best Aston Martin tradition. 

In the Lagonda, Aston's well-proven 5.3-litre V8 employed a quartet of twin-choke Weber 42DCNF carburettors and produced a maximum of 280bhp at 5,000rpm with 320lb/ft of torque available lower down the range. A Chrysler Torqueflite automatic gearbox was the standard transmission. More than 17' long, 6' wide and weighing two tons, the Lagonda was an imposing sight from any angle, yet despite its bulk proved capable of racing to 60mph in 7.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 145mph.

Production got into its stride towards the end of 1978, with one car per week being completed at the Newport Pagnell factory. The Lagonda was face-lifted in 1987 as the Series 4, acquiring a slightly softer, less hard-edged look and continued in production until May 1990 by which time a total of 638 had been built, including 98 Series 4 models. Even today, almost 30 years after its sensational debut, there are few cars that can match the visual presence of the Aston Martin Lagonda.

One of the very first production cars completed, chassis number '13010' is an example of Towns' design in its purest, original form. Formerly registered 'YHX 722T', it is the second Lagonda produced for retail sale. The chassis numbering sequence commenced with '13001', and of the preceding nine cars, some of which were prototypes, only five survive. This example's AMOC Register entry reads: 'First real production car, delivered February (1979)'. 

'13010' has belonged to the present owner for the last 30 years and has covered only 4,244 miles since a complete rebuild by Aston Martin in March 1986 (bills on file). The private vendor describes the Lagonda's condition as generally good for its age, with the digital instruments working. Stored for the last 14 years, the car nevertheless will require re-commissioning prior to further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed. Accompanying paperwork consists of a V5 registration document and the aforementioned bills from Aston Martin relating to the 1986 rebuild. 

published by Gauk



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