Aston Martin Lagonda
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Make: Aston Martin
Model: Lagonda
Aston Martin Lagonda

In Newport Pagnell, England, between 1976 and 1989, the Aston Martin Lagonda was manufactured as a luxury four-door sedan built by the highly regarded Aston Martin Company. A mere 645 examples of this model were produced making it a sure collectors edition and fully capable of drawing a hefty price tag. This was a major revival for the company that was nearing the point of going out of business in the mid-1970s. It was drastically in need of something to bring in some much-needed funds. Historically, Aston Martin had worked on 2+2 sports cars, but the Lagonda was a four-door saloon with an impressive brand new V8 engine. Thankfully, it was well received right from the start and orders were piling in before the cars had even left the factory. This of course was a huge help for Aston Martin whose cash reserves were considerably low. This designed car was created by William Towns and was inspired by the classic 1970s "folded paper" style. It was an extremely unconventional design at the time, which evidently helped draw attention, and buyers to the scene. Nevertheless, car enthusiasts are ferociously divided on the car's aesthetic value. These hand-built Lagondas were amongst the most expensive cars available in the world and thus were only available to the very few. The only other standard production cars to reach such a lofty price tag were the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit/Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, and Maserati Quattroporte. Various series were produced during the lifetime of the model, all of which continued to please drivers. A facelift in the 1980s attempted to round off the car's razor-like lines and remove the troublesome pop-up headlights, which had oddly proved unreliable. For the tech enthusiasts, the Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel. Sadly though, the computers in many of the original cars are failure-prone and the electronics were anything but as affordable as they are today given that electronics in the Lagonda came to 4 times as much as the budget for the whole car. Oh well, they still sold.

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