1986 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 3 Saloon Registration no. D25 YRF Chassis no. 13501
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 these 'Series 1' cars being constructed. When the concept re-emerged as an entirely new product type, it was the sensation of the 1976 London Motor Show. Clothed in striking 'razor edge' bodywork designed by William Towns - the man responsible for the DBS - the new Lagonda saloon, designated 'Series 2', used the same long-wheelbase V8 chassis as its immediate predecessor, while breaking new ground in terms of digital LCD instrumentation and touch-button switch gear. Problems with this advanced concept would delay production until April 1978, by which time a simplified arrangement had been adopted. The interior though, was every bit as luxurious as the exterior was futuristic, featuring selected Connolly hides, Wilton carpeting and walnut veneer, all hand-finished by skilled craftsmen in the best Aston Martin tradition.
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.
This Lagonda's late owner died recently in a helicopter accident and since his passing it has only been possible to locate limited information concerning the car. Accompanying paperwork consists almost entirely of numerous bills for extensive ongoing restoration - including a full bodywork renovation, bare-metal repaint, and conversion of the instrumentation to modern LCD - issued by David Marks Garages during the period 2008 to 2014. These bills are proof of a no-expense-spared approach to the Lagonda's refurbishment and maintenance, and perusal is strongly recommended. The car also comes with a copy V5C and MoT Certificate, the latter expiring in July 2020.