Lagonda to przedwojenne przedsiębiorstwo motoryzacyjne produkujące samochody w Wielkiej Brytanii. W 1947 roku zakupione przez koncern Aston Martin, przez jakiś czas funkcjonuje jako jej część pod nazwą: Aston Martin Lagonda. Po latach submarka Lagonda staje się tym, czym Daimler dla Jaguara lub Abarth dla Fiata, dlatego na tym wyjątkowym modelu możemy odnaleźć samo oznaczenie Lagonda. Za projekt tej szczególnej limuzyny odpowiedzialny był William Towns, ten sam, który w latach sześćdziesiątych zaprojektował DBS V12. Nowa, dystyngowana Lagonda Serii 2., korzystała z tej samej długiej płyty podłogowej co Aston Martin V8. Kosmiczny design deski rozdzielczej z dotykowymi guzikami, diodami i wyświetlaczami LCD, tworzy w nim futurystyczny, niesamowicie nowoczesny klimat. 5,2 metra długości, 1,8 metra szerokości i prawie dwie tony masy. To kolos, którego napędza 5.3-litrowe V8 o mocy ponad 280 koni mechanicznych. Wyprodukowano zaledwie 645 sztuk Lagondy, a ta wystawiona na aukcji posiada znaną i pewną historię, pozostając od nowości w rękach jednej rodziny. W trakcie renowacji zyskała nowy kolor Tickford Blue, a prace nad jej przywróceniem do pełnej świetności przekroczyły kwotę 150 tysięcy funtów. 30 czerwca licytowany bez ceny minimalnej osiągną wartość 40250 funtów czyli około 193434 złotych.
1980 LAGONDA SERIES 2 SALOON
£50,000 – 70,000
PLN 240,000 – 340,000
To be sold without reserve
THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED SALE
Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia
30 Jun 2017, 14:00 BST
1980 Lagonda Series 2 Saloon
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. LOOR 13047
*Single-family ownership from new
*Maintained by Aston Martin Works and Chris Shenton
*Very well maintained
*Exceptional history file
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. 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. Various alterations were made to the Lagonda as time progressed, including BBS wheels, US safety bumpers as standard, revised seats, opening rear windows, and repositioned switches. In January 1986, Weber-Marelli fuel injection was introduced, with maximum power increasing to 300bhp on what was now known as the ‚Series 3’. Vacuum fluorescent instrumentation was introduced early the following year.
In 1987, the Lagonda was face-lifted 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, including 98 Series 4 models. Even today, some 40 years after its sensational debut, there are few cars that can match the visual presence of the Aston Martin Lagonda.
An early right-hand drive Series 2 equipped with the almost universal automatic transmission, this example was purchased new by a family owned company for the vendor’s mother as a company car. The Lagonda later became the vendor’s transport while he was a student in Switzerland, and was used to drive to school from his homes in the UK and France. In 1988, the car was involved in an incident in Portofino where ever panel got scratched in a revenge incident and a bare metal repaint was carried out by Aston Martin Works, the exterior colour being changed from silver to Tickford Blue in the process.
‚13047’ has always been maintained by Aston Martin Works, while marque specialist Chris Shenton has also looked after the car. Significant works carried out include overhauling the gearbox (2006); installing a ‚new-old-stock’ dashboard (2009); repainting the bonnet (2009); fitting a new rear bumper (2013); and replacing the sills (2016). In March 2017 the car was returned from Works Service in Newport Pagnell after 3 years work and a £24,000 repair invoice. In addition, in 2006 Lincoln Scott fitted a new headlining and new carpets, refurbished the wood veneer and re-Connollised the upholstery. Totalling in excess of £150,000, every bill from 1985 to the present day is in the most comprehensive history file, which also contains most of the MoT certificates issued during the car’s life; close inspection is recommended.
Offered with MoT to February 2018 and a V5 registration document, ‚13047’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of these spectacular motor cars, which has enjoyed single-family ownership and been maintained by Aston Martin Works.