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1975 Aston Martin Lagonda

Series I Saloon
£276,000 ($359,000)
Sale Price
£200,000 - £300,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
10 April 2022
Sold Date
34
Lot Number
#3
Older restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. L12006RCAC; Engine no. V5402006. Anthracite Grey over grey leather. RHD, 7.0/480hp V-8, Torqueflite automatic, alloy wheels, Smiths instruments, CD player, air-conditioning, black Nardi woodrim steering wheel, wood dash.

Evaluation: The sixth of only eight Series I Aston Martin Lagondas. Shown at Earls Court in 1975. Restored by marque expert Richard Williams between 2006-12, and given a 7.0-liter conversion that boasts 480hp/550lb-ft compared to the 320hp/350lb-ft of the original 5.3. Has then been on static display since 2012 and so will require recommissioning, but this should be a much simpler car to service than the later, computer-laden Lagondas.

Very good paint and the wheels are freshly refurbished too. The exterior trim is in good order and there’s been a recent high-quality leather interior retrim. A great showing from a seriously rare car that few people other than Aston anoraks have even heard of.

Bottom Line: Supposedly born out of Aston Martin boss David Brown’s desire to be chauffeured in one of this own cars, the original Lagonda saloon resurrected a name that had been dormant since the Lagonda Rapide of the early ’60s. Unfortunately, this new Lagonda debuted during the oil crisis, and an ultra-expensive high-speed saloon was a tough sell in the mid-’70s. After just eight of these Series I cars, though, Aston Martin doubled down and the Lagonda was redesigned from the ground up with William Towns’ radical, polarizing “folded paper” bodywork and futuristic (but failure-prone) digital dash. The more conservative, short-lived Series I cars, which are a bit like a four-door DBS, were relegated to obscurity.

For an Aston Martin collector, this car was a rare opportunity and despite the fact that it hasn’t run in 10 years, the bidders realized that another one isn’t going to pop up for sale any time soon (the last one at auction was in 2015). This price is several times what a later Lagonda in this condition would bring, but it’s a fair number.

by Andrew Newton
22 April 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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