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Lost Cars of the 1980s Martin Lagonda

Aston Lagonda Series 4. Photos Aston Martin.

Before was Aston Martin, there was which began building cars in 1907, six years Aston Martin was founded. the firm achieved some success and renown, by the end of World War II it was for survival, and in 1947, Lagonda was by Aston Martin. In the years the Lagonda name has generally reserved for ultra-luxury, low-volume but few were as distinctive as the Aston Lagondas produced from until 1990.

In 1974, Martin announced a new Aston Lagonda V8 at the London Motor reviving a name that had dormant since 1958. The car production the same year, but its was lukewarm at best, and in three of production just seven were built. While on luxury and amenities, the car was short on an unforgivable sin for buyers seeking transportation and an image statement.

Understanding that the concept of an sedan was sound, Aston pressed on with an all new cutting-edge styled by William Townes.

car, the Aston Martin Series 2, was unveiled before a motoring press in October of Its styling, particularly for a luxury was revolutionary, and far more futuristic consumers expected from a brand like Aston If a French Curve was used in the car s it certainly wasn t evident, as square inch of sheetmetal of lines, angles and creases.

The s hoodline looked impossibly prompting those in attendance to how Aston Martin tucked the car s 5.3-liter V-8 between the front while its diminutive grille questions of how such a small could flow enough air to the car s engine cool.

Aston Lagonda Series 2.

To make Aston Martin s V-8 fit, engineers pushed the as far back in the engine bay as possible, but this wasn t enough. A new system was devised, but this engine output with its plumbing. To compensate, Aston s engineers reworked the engine s heads to accommodate larger valves, and soon produced the output and the power delivery

The sole transmission offering was s TorqueFlite three-speed automatic, for both its durability and its smooth

Inside the cabin, the Lagonda was more revolutionary, boasting the s first digital dashboard (a derived from the aerospace and the first computer-controlled systems. controls were used for the power windows, cruise automatic climate control, door locks and three-position memory. Given the complexity of newly-developed systems, faults to be expected; as David Dowsey in his book, Aston Martin: Beauty and Soul . engineer Morgan was nearly pinned the steering wheel on an early drive, when the seat developed a mind of its own.

The electrically controlled headlights on models would raise and on their own, ultimately Aston Martin to abandon development partner Cranfield which seemed incapable of automotive systems (and of deadlines).

The car was revealed to the public, in form, at the 1976 London Show. Priced at an estimated (then the equivalent of about orders from prospective around the globe began to in, prompting Aston Martin to unachievable delivery dates. On the side, the deposits received for the went a long way to improve Martin s cash flow, (temporarily) resolved one of the automaker s problems.

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A Series 4 interior.

The Lagonda Series 2, sold to director Lady Tavistock, was in April of 1978, pushed position for a photo shoot and hastily returned to production so its complex wiring could be Full production would in late 1978, but by then the had risen to £24,750 ($47,500); this would soon be a bargain, as by the end of 1979 the Lagonda s had escalated to £49,933 ($106,000), the car more expensive than a Silver Wraith II.

Neither the escalating sticker nor the car s questionable reliability did much to early buyers, many of were sold on the car s combination of comfort (plush leather coupled with Wilton carpeting and burl walnut and modern digital technology. Martin built the Lagonda 2 until January of 1986, a total of 462 units, before the Lagonda Series 3 at the 1986 New Auto Show.

Externally, the 3 didn t look much from the Series 2, as the bulk of the were beneath the car s aerodynamic Weber Marelli fuel replaced the Series 2 s carburetor, output of the 5.3-liter V-8 to 305 horsepower in Buyers on this side of the also received the Weber fuel injection, but emissions regulations reduced output to 240 and vacuum fluorescent instrumentation the Series 2 s cathode ray tube

The Lagonda Series 3 was short-lived, as Aston Martin revealed an all new Series 4 at the 1987 Geneva Show; in 14 months of production, 76 Series 3 cars were

By the time the Series 4 debuted in the public had grown weary of the s problematic electronics, and even the car s styling appeared dated. the new car featured some softening of the its shape wasn t significantly from its predecessors, with the most obvious changes the elimination of the car s pop-up headlamps and the from 15-inch to 16-inch Produced from March of until January of 1990, 98 Series 4 cars were


Though history doesn t favorably upon the Lagonda, it was the car for Aston Martin at the right in time, updating the company s and (initially) adding to its bottom Its electronics may have been but most pioneering technologies and it s safe to say that the Lagonda luxury automobiles in an entirely new with its bold and futuristic

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