Lot 257 - 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda
|Odometer reading||36,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
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 utilising 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 combined striking styling with an opulent, member's club-like leather interior, and 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. 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 Lagondas 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.
This maroon example with beige ivory leather interior is in need of some cosmetic restoration. The car is predominantly in good mechanical order but, having been unused for some time, requires some tlc to restore it to its former glory. The 5.3 litre V8 starts and runs as it should and this low mileage example with electronic dash not only has a good recent service history but also the original owner's manual, first aid kit and tool box still intact. A current MoT certificate is also present and the vendor ensures us that everything mechanical is in working order.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SERVICE HISTORY WITH THIS CAR HAS BEEN MISPLACED BY THE VENDOR AND IS THEREFORE UNAVAILABLE AND THAT THE LED SCREENS WILL NEED ATTENTION
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