Someone Is Selling A 1985 Aston Martin Lagonda and Everything Works
The Aston Martin Lagonda came as the result of the company being under financial pressure and needing a vehicle that could draw in a lot of funds. The decision was made to do a sedan as it would appeal to a wider audience. Thus the Lagonda was born.
There are two versions of the Lagonda sedan. First was a long-wheelbase version of the Aston Martin V8 built between 1974 and 1975. Then there is model seen here. William Towns was tasked with designing the vehicle and it was unlike anything that had come out from the British sports car builder. It was a boxy shape with style described as 'folded paper'. It was polarizing when it debuted in 1976 at the London Motor Show and remains so to this day. Power came from a 5.3L V8 with 280 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque.
The Lagonda also featured a computer management system and a digital instrument panel. This would prove to be the vehicle's downfall as the development cost of these systems were four times more than the cost of development for the vehicle. Also, the computers in the Lagonda had a tendency to fail. The sedan would be in production from 1979 to 1990, with 645 sedans built.
Now that we have given a brief history lesson, let us talk about this particular Lagonda. Being sold on eBay, the seller has owned this vehicle since 2012 and dropped a lot of money to get it in working condition - over $40,000 according to the ad. A large chunk of money is due to the digital instrument panel being shipped off to a specialist in Great Britain to be repaired. The body has a “perfect patina” - we're guessing this mean it hasn't be repainted. The interior comes lined with leather and wood trim. Backseat passengers get to enjoy a skylight.
We highly recommend checking out the ad to get more of an idea of the amount of work the seller has put in. As for price, the bid sits at $55,100.00 with the reserve not met at the time of this writing.
Pic Credit: aml1985 on eBay