One owner, 5,300 miles from new 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda Tickford Saloon Registration no. To be advised Chassis no. LOOR13193 Engine no. V/580/3193
Aston Martin's periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, four-door AM V8 in the mid 1970s, a mere handful of which was constructed.
In the Lagonda, Aston's well-proven 5.3-litre V8 employed a quartet of twin-choke Weber 42DCNF carburettors and produced a maximum of 280bhp at 5,000rpm with 320lb/ft of torque available lower down the range. A Chrysler Torqueflite automatic gearbox was the standard transmission. More than 17' long, 6' wide and weighing two tons, the Lagonda was an imposing sight from any angle, yet despite its bulk proved capable of racing to 60mph in 7.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 145mph.
Production got into its stride towards the end of 1978, with one car per week being completed at the Newport Pagnell factory. The Lagonda was face-lifted in 1987 as the Series 4, acquiring a slightly softer, less hard-edged look and continued in production until May 1990 by which time a total of 638 had been built. Even today, almost 30 years after its sensational debut, there are few cars that can match the visual presence of the Aston Martin Lagonda.
Nevertheless, for those who considered the appearance of the standard model too conservative, Aston Martin offered a Tickford conversion, which took its name from the factory's in-house coachbuilder (actually Salmons & Sons) that had been absorbed in 1955. Tickford's conversion consisted mainly of a striking looking body kit, complete with side skirts, deeper rear valance and an aggressive front air dam, while some cars also had their wheelbase extended (this example is on the standard wheelbase).
The original factory invoices show that the vendor paid £59,499.76 for the car, which came fitted with rear air conditioning, plus another £25,500.24 for the Tickford conversion, making the final purchase price £85,000. At the same time the vendor specified the supply and installation of a radiotelephone with automatic aerial, the telephone dial unit being recessed in the centre console, at a further cost of £3,815.70 (all bills on file).
'13193' comes with comprehensive service history dating from 1986 to present day, consisting of bills totalling circa £52,000. Professionally stored by recognised experts Storacar since September 1990, the Lagonda has been serviced and MoT'd regularly, always by Works Service at Newport Pagnell, the last service and MoT being completed in April 2014 (see bill for £6,566.24 on file). MoT certificates on file showing the mileage total increasing from 3,956 in April 1989 to 5,184 miles in April 2014.
Finished in its original factory colour scheme of Cannock Black with Magnolia hide interior, this ultra-rare variant of an already exclusive model is offered with the original owner's manual, service book, tool kit, car cover, battery conditioner, V5 registration document and a comprehensive history file relating to both its maintenance and storage.