The Unconventional Aston Martin Saloon
From 1976 to 1990, Aston Martin offered a 4-door luxury grand tourer saloon called the Lagonda. The design of the Aston Martin Lagonda is by William Towns. With this unconventional design, Aston Martin was able to resuscitate itself in a degrading market situation. The overall design for the Lagonda follows the “folded paper” visual strategy. Starting in 1974, there are 4 series of releases for the Lagonda. Generally, the years for the series are as follows:
- 1974-1975: Series 1
- 1976-1985: Series 2
- 1986-1987: Series 3
- 1987-1990: Series 4
Each series offers different features, whether minor face-lifts, or entire overhauls in design.
Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 1 (1974-1975)
In 1974 and 1975, the Aston Martin Lagonda was available as a series 1 model. The series 1 Lagonda was announced at the 1974 London Motor Show. The series 1 sports a 5.3-liter DOHC V8 engine with 280 horsepower and 301 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine allows for a top speed of around 149 mph. Additionally, from 0 to 60 mph, the series 1 Lagonda takes only 6.2 seconds. Furthermore, and most noteworthy, two units were upgraded to a 7.0-liter Aston Martin V8. Most important, this larger engine can reach between 440 and 480 horsepower.
Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 2 (1976-1985)
From 1976 to 1985, the series 2 Aston Martin Lagonda was available on the market. This version features the same 5.3-liter DOHC V8 with 280 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. A major alteration, that is a bit disappointing, is the downgrade of the acceleration and top speed. In the series 2, 0 to 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds, 2.6 seconds slower than the series 1. On top of this, the top speed is lower at 143 mph.
On the technology side, the series 2 Lagonda initially had a digital LED dashboard and touch pad controls. These features were abandoned in 1980. On the exterior, the series 2 also has minor alterations to the front bumper and air dam. Furthermore, the MSRP of the Lagonda in 1980 was the equivalent of $68,883.23. This may seem cheap, but due to inflation, this is equivalent to a current buying power of $220,952.26. Thanks inflation, you’re the shi… best!
Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 3 (1986-1987)
From 1986 to 1987, the series 3 Aston Martin Lagonda was in fashion. At this time, the units were limited to only 75. Differences for the series 3 are as follows: fuel injected engines and vacuum fluorescent display system. These features were a modernization of those technologies at the time. Otherwise, the series 3 didn’t differ too much from its predecessor.
Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 4 (1987-1990)
The series 4 Aston Martin Lagonda was brought into awareness at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show. This series features a significant facelift including rounded edges. Not surprisingly, this series was limited to only 105 units. One major visual alteration is the elimination of the pop-up headlights. On the series 4 Lagonda, there are new triple headlights. Furthermore, Aston Martin removed the side surge line and installed 16” wheels. The series 4 is also the last Lagonda series to hit the market. Unfortunately, in January of 1990, Aston Martin closed production on this unconventional saloon.
The End of the Unconventional Aston Martin Era
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Through its years of production, the Aston Martin Lagonda was as popular as it was unusual. To be honest, who would’ve thought that the Lagonda would save the manufacturer. But, in a positive direction, the Lagonda relieved Aston’s financial dilemma bringing funding to the company. In current years, the Lagonda still survives, but records show at least 20% are no longer in existence. Overall, the Lagonda took the world by surprise and kept Aston in the auto world.