Lot 25 - 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda
|Odometer reading||27,500 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
The Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of £150,000 and the name was derived from the Lagonda marque that Aston Martin had purchased in 1947. Aston Martin was facing severe financial pressure in the mid-1970s following the petrol crisis and the Lagonda was aimed predominantly at the US and Middle Eastern markets.
Traditionally, Aston Martin had worked on two door sports cars but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon which utilized the 5430cc Tadek Merak designed V8 engine that was being used in the current Aston Martin V8 models.. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers and in so doing, helped Aston Martin's finances. The car was designed by William Towns in an extreme interpretation of the classic 1970s ""folded paper"" style. It was as unconventional a design then as it is now and even today car enthusiasts are fiercely divided on the car's aesthetic value. Throughout the history of the marque, these hand-built Lagonda's were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world. The only other ""production"" cars to approach its lofty price tag were from the stables of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel and the second series used cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, members club-like leather interior, and then-state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a Chrysler 3-speed ""TorqueFlite"" automatic transmission, its quad cam carbureted V8 provided powerful performance when required, some series 3 and all series 4 models were fuel injected.
This lefthand drive series two example is finished dark blue coachwork with magnolia hide piped in blue with blue lambs wool overugs. Originally supplied to the USA, the vendor imported this car from Florida in 2008 and is now fully UK registered with all taxes paid.
Presented in excellent all round condition having covered 27,500 miles from new, B247 GGF is one of the last series two examples manufactured and is fitted with carburettors and automatic transmission. The cathode ray tube digital instruments are fully operational and the engine starts on the button and runs well, indeed the vendor states that the car has been very reliable during his ownership.
B247 GFF was serviced less than 1000 miles ago and in 2009 the woodwork was removed, stripped and completely re-veneered and lacquered. The lights and indicators have all been converted to UK specification and a current MoT road test certificate valid to September 2011 is supplied within the file.
B247 GGF is presented in excellent condition throughout and is finished in arguably the most attractive colour combination for this model. With the recent introduction of the new four door Aston Martin Rapide, this iconic car offers solid future investment potential and is without question one of the most eye catching cars on today's roads.
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