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 £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.
This stunning Aston Martin V8 Lagonda Series IV was supplied to the original owner on 10th August 1989, he kept the car for some 27 years supported by an outstanding service record. The car was sold to an avid collector who loved and cherished the Lagonda for 11 years. The current vendor, another fastidious collector, purchased the car on 11th November 2017. Whilst the car has done little work of late, it has been exceedingly well cared for and as such, presents in beautiful condition. Finished in Winchester Blue with Parchment interior piped in blue, this automatic Aston Martin V8 Lagonda is also supplied with some unique, custom made, matching suitcases.
The original invoice is in the file together with correspondence between the factory and the first owner, there are also a large number of service invoices from the Newport Pagnell based manufacturer. Aesthetically a futuristic design, the interior is an area of beauty with deep comfortable seats, walnut in plentiful supply and a dashboard that, by any standards, was classed as state-of-the art. This desirable Series 4 Aston Martin V8 Lagonda beautiful example is UK registered and comes with a V5C registration document, the original service books and a history folder. To be expected of such a low mileage example, she drives with no known faults and is ready to enhance a private collection. One thing is for sure, driving this car will put a smile on your face and a wave from any passer by.