LAUNCHED in 1976 with the first car finding its way into its new owner’s garage a couple of years later, the Aston Martin Lagonda is one of those truly unforgettable cars. I still remember the first time I saw one – I was on a school trip to London in early 1980, and we’d stopped en route at Watford Gap services. It was a grey day, and as we trudged from our coach towards the cafe, I spotted the Lagonda in the car park. It was silver – and even from 100 paces, it looked massive. It looked awesome. It looked like a craft from outer space.
These mental images came back to me yesterday as I paced around Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell, while my colleague, Mark Dixon, took pictures. I’d been looking at an early Lagonda – Saudi registered – that looked in remarkably fine fettle. The interior worked as it should – and as you can see from the dashboard, it’s stacked with digital instruments, touch-sensitive switches and out of this world design features. In short, all the things that would engage the brain of a ten-year old kid obsessed with cars. Today, nearing 40, that passion continues unabated – and it’s cars like the Lagonda that continue to do it it for me.
As four-door supercars come back in vogue, thanks to the arrival of the Porsche Panamerica and Aston Marton Rapide next year (and the possibility of the Lamborghini Estoque after that) will the Lagonda be viewed as a brave experiment – something years ahead of its time – or a foolish folly?
Who cares? I just want one. It seems the ideal upgrade for a Princess or SD1 owner with ideas above his station!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.