1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4 Saloon Registration no. F701 PVS Chassis no. 13579 Engine no. V/585/3579
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, it was the sensation of the 1976 London Motor Show. Clothed in striking 'razor edge' bodywork by William Towns, the new Lagonda saloon used the same long-wheelbase V8 chassis as its immediate predecessor, while breaking new ground in terms of electronic instrumentation and switchgear. Problems with the latter would delay production until April 1978, by which time a less radical design 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 Aston Martin tradition. 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 645 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. Finished in Ice Green with green-piped beige leather interior, this Series 4 model was supplied new via Marshalls (Cambridge) Ltd and first registered 'DK 29'. The car comes with assorted history that includes the original warranty card, service booklet and instruction manual, plus copies of eight expired MoT certificates. In addition there are a number of maintenance invoices on file including one issued by Trinity Engineering in March 2006 for a major service/refurbishment that included a four-speed gearbox conversion, brake overhaul and new front windscreen. Described as in generally good condition, the car displays a total of 26,500 miles on the odometer and is offered with MoT to February 2011, copy old Swansea V5 and current V5C document recording three former keepers.