1985 Aston Martin Lagonda
Chassis no. SCFDL01S5F1L13434
Aston Martin's periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, four-door AM V8 in the mid 1970s the Series 1 - 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.
The model underwent considerable change throughout its 14-year production life, developing into the Series 3 in 1986 with fuel injection replacing the Weber carburetors and the Series 4 in 1988 with revised, rounded styling. Manufacture ceased in 1989 after 645 production cars had been built, by which time the list price had risen from £24,570 to around £95,000 inclusive of taxes.
Deliveries of the Lagonda to the US began in 1982, this 1985 example is finished in Salisbury Blue with tan leather upholstery, blue carpets and burr walnut veneer. Fitted equipment includes power steering, automatic transmission, electrically adjustable front seats, electric windows, air conditioning, cruise control, central locking and a glass roof panel. Part of the collection of the late John O'Quinn, this was one of his earlier acquisition in what later become among the world's largest car collections. With Aston Martin preparing to step back into the sedan market with their upcoming Rapide, this Lagonda offers a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of a growing chapter in the history of Aston Martin.
- Please note the correct VIN is SCFDL01S5FTL1343