Lot 33 - 1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV

Lot 33 - 1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV

Lot 33 - 1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV

Lot Number 33
Registration F488 DEX
Chassis Number SCFDLOISOJTR13562
Engine Number V/585/3562
Odometer reading 23,000 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £45,000

The Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, England, between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of £150,000. 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 and needed something to bring in some much-needed funds. Traditionally, Aston Martin had worked on 2+2 sports cars, but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon with a brand new V8 engine. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers and in so doing, helped Aston Martin's cash reserves. 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. 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, with the second series used cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, club-like leather interior, and then-state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a Chrysler 3-speed ""TorqueFlite"" automatic transmission its 4-cam carbureted V8 provided powerful performance when required.

A number of ""series"" were produced during the lifetime of the model, including a facelift in the 1980s, an example of which is presented here today. There were just 645 Lagonda's of this generation built between 1976 and 1990. This particular car benefits from being the latest Series IV which was introduced in 1988 at a price of £87,500! There were only 105 Series IV cars manufactured, of which only a very small number were righthand drive. It was cosmetically different to previous models in that all the aluminium panels were rounded slightly to give the car a softer look, the pop-up headlights were dispensed with, it's ""waistline"" dispensed with. The wheels were also increased to a16"" diameter units and there were other revisions to the rear light cluster. Amongst the simplification to the electronics of the car, the interior digital dash was revised significantly as previous models were considered confusing and prone to unreliability. This particular car was the official Aston Martin demonstrator which was cosmetically altered slightly in specification as well as having colour coded bumpers. It is a truly superb example of an extremely rare car that has been fully maintained and which is clearly 'the' generation to have. It is supported by a significant and complete Aston Martin service history with the last service carried out in October, 2010, just 200 miles ago. The most striking example from the Aston stable is still covered by a very costly warranty package.

Interested parties should note that, contrary to the catalogue, the registration number F488 DEX is now attributed to this car.

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