1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Registration no. A18 AML Chassis no. SCFDL01SXHTR13529 Engine no. V/585/3529
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. This example was sold via Aston Martin Ltd, London and first registered 'E620 KYH' on 13th May 1988. The colour scheme was Chichester Blue with blue-piped Parchment leather upholstery and blue carpets edged in dark blue. Smurfit Ltd of Windsor were owners from 20/8/1988 and then in September 1992 ownership passed to a John Billing of Allied Stirling PLC, Eaton Square. The Lagonda was re-registered 'XAV 1A'. Hooper & Co restored the interior in 1992 and the car was purchased by the vendor in 1993 for use by the Company Chairman. Reregistered 'A18 AML', it has formed part of a large collection of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars, being kept on museum display in recent years. Accompanying documentation consists of Swansea V5 and nearly all MoTs dating back to 1994 confirming circa 10,000 miles covered in almost 20 years.