Lot 274 - 1981 Aston Martin Lagonda Series II
|Odometer reading||65,500 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
Aston Martin was facing 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. As soon as it was introduced, it drew in hundreds of deposits from potential customers, helping 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. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, club-like leather interior and, then, state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a Chrysler three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, its four cam carbureted V8 engine provided poor miles per gallon; little improved by the change to fuel-injection in the Series III. 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 the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, Silver Spur and Bentley Mulsanne. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel. The development cost for the electronics alone on the Lagonda came to four times as much as the budget for the whole car. The Series III used cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation, which proved less reliable than the original model's light-emitting diode (LED) display.
This Aston Martin Lagonda was the factory press car with the registration number AML1 and was subject of a comprehensive four year restoration programme which was carried out by the previous owner and completed in 2009. It included a full re-spray in the striking colour of red with brand new cream leather piped in red interior and new veneers. The restoration is fully documented with photographs. With a fully operational instrument panel, this Aston Martin is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in 2016 and comes with original books, toolkit and stamped service record, as well as accompanying history, invoices and a copy of a full review with pictures in Road & Track magazine. This Lagonda is iconic in its presentation, representing all that was and still is dynamic and innovative in British design. A wonderful investment paying homage to the decadent 1980s.
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