Although the dust has long since settled following the reveal of the Lagonda Vision Concept in March, you know Aston Martin's designers and engineers have continued working at full pace on bringing the model to production. The relaunch of the Lagonda brand, which Aston previously described as a 'sleeping giant', really emphasises the confidence built up behind the walls of its Gaydon HQ. Lagonda has always stood for the utmost luxury, and in today's case, it's being billed as the brand to take the Aston family to new, previously unchartered heights. As the 2018 concept showed, Lagonda wants to reinvent the luxury car, not imitate it.
Bold as such a target may be, this plan somewhat repeats the aim set out for the Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2 that was launched in 1976. It succeeded the Series 1 by practically turning the formula on its head, switching in one fell swoop from tradition to future, sharing only a 5.3-litre V8 engine and a few accompanying driveline components. To most onlookers, the Series 1 and 2 would appear like cars from different centuries, rather than predecessor and successor.
This was because the Series 2 represented a real departure from conventional design. It was a concept car that you could buy, both inside and out. The long, angular bonnet - which was so sharp it'd make a modern NCAP pedestrian safety examiner wince - was followed by a sleek roofline and hard-edged rear. At 4,928mm the Lagonda was very long for its day, but it was just 1,323mm high, giving it a unique profile that looks futuristic even four decades on. Not even the Lagonda Taraf of 2015, which was designed as a spiritual successor to the Series 2, could match its sleek silhouette.
Inside, the Series 2 traded the dials, three-spoke steering wheel and soft lines of the Aston Martin V8-based Series 1 for something straight out of the movie Tron (although the Series 2 came six years before it!). There were digital displays, a one-spoke wheel and straight lines, giving the cabin a space-age feel that was alien to the world of luxury cars. The all-digital instrument cluster in particular looks like it was taken straight from a '70s sci-fi film, while the steering wheel controls and gas plasma display of earlier cars were innovative features.
The car's powertrain was a little more conventional by comparison, although with 284hp and 302lb ft of torque, it was right up to date in terms of performance. Despite a two-tonne kerbweight it took 7.9 seconds to reach 60mph and had a top speed was 145mph, ranking the Lagonda right behind the four-door Ferrari 400. But outright performance was never the priority, and the car's electronically controlled three-speed automatic gearbox, the Chrysler Torqueflite, focused on offering smooth, slick running. An unintended by-product of the setup was very poor fuel economy.
That will likely be of little concern to a buyer of a Series 2 today, what with it now assuming icon status. They're fairly rare too, with only two of the five listed on the PH classifieds located in the UK. As such, £77,950 for a car described as being in "superb condition throughout" seems reasonable, even if the ad lacks mileage. This late Series 2 comes finished in its original colour of Dover White and is supplied with an Aston Martin Heritage certificate, in case anyone doubts its originality. With the Lagonda name about to return to the spotlight, could this be a shrewd time to buy?
SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA SERIES 2
Engine: 5,340cc V8
Transmission: Three-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Torque(lb ft): 302@3,000rpm
MPG: In the single digits
First registered: 1985
Recorded mileage: One to ask the seller
Price new: £50,000
Yours for: £77,950
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