Aston. A company which, over the course of 50 + years suffered from a handful of bankruptcies. The 1960s were not such a good time, especially for Aston Martin. No longer in sports car racing and without a major flagship car, Aston was loosing the good ol’ dollarydoos very quickly. So they did two things. Thing 1: Partner up with Lola and make the Aston Martin Nimrod. Thing 2: Make a flag ship, technologically advanced, executive sedan.
And what a sedan it was
Five point two liters. That’s could be two and a half bottles of milk (or melk in my case) in one big, smooth, V8. Hell, it’s been used in Astons flagship car since 1960! Erm.. Well… The The Aston you see above is not the Aston we’re talking about. The first Lagonda (well not first but first of this “series”). The first one was based on the now classic 1960 V8 Vantage, well, more so it was a V8 Vantage, just with two extra doors. Believe it or not, in about a two year period, only seven were produced. The production rate was supposed to be one a week but, well, that didn’t happen. While four of the seven were produced with an auto, three were made with a manual. Although two were sent to Williams (no not that Williams) to get the 5.2 LT V8 upgraded to a rightly massive 7 (SEVEN [OH MY GOD SEVEN]) liter V8 which made about 440 HP.
Time kills all and time killed the first generation
So Aston put many dollars into this one, making the vehicle you see above (at the tippy top of the page). It was a very, very, very, vastly, different car. The Chassis, the wheels, the lights, everything apart from the motor. Innovation is something you wouldn’t think of when you hear “Aston Martin” but this was very new and tech laden. It featured the revolutionary new technology, LEDs in it’s high tech, fancy digital dashboard. Forget the Mercedes S class, this has the original digital display. It was sharp. It was long. It was powered by a 5.2 LT V8. it was, in all honesty, amazing. It sold fairly well too, helping bring the classic british automaker out of debt once again.
Series three: Little changes make a big DIFFERENCE
Unlike the previous series, which were produced in rather large numbers, series three was a bit more exclusive. Only being produced for one year and 75 models, these are some of the rarest “mass produced” Aston Martins ever made. They looked just like series that came before it, pop up headlights and all. The differences came on the inside (that’s what counts right?). The first of these series changed the LED dash to CRT, making the display easier to fix when broken. Buuuuut then the display changed once again, this time to Vacuum Fluorescents, or the stuff your digital clock displays with. In 1987, the model was discontinued with another generation announced for production soon after.
The 90s made circles square
GENEVA! Many cars were revealed there over almost a century of history, including the new for 1987, Lagonda. Unlike the original one, this one got rid of the super cool pop up headlights, instead doing for standard ones in front of it’s very lengthy hood. The interior remained the same basic interior (well as basic you can get with a 100,000$+ car), even the dashboard stayed the same VF digital dashboard. Cool? Good luck seeing one, there are only 105 examples, while about 90 exist today. Most of those 90 are located somewhere in the UK. Along with those 105, there’s one high end stationwagon, a Shooting break. It recently sold for a high amount of monies.