The Aston Martin V8 Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of Â£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 used in the two door Aston Martin V8. 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 handbuilt Lagonda's were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel. The Lagonda combined striking styling with opulent, club-like leather interior, and then-state-of-the-art instrumentation. Coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission its quad-cam carburettor/fuel injection V8 provided powerful performance when required.