You don't see a DBS-inspired Aston Martin Lagonda first series every day.
If you ask people what their favorite Aston Martin is, chances are they won’t say the Lagonda. Many people probably haven’t even heard of it. Produced between 1974 and 1990, the Lagonda was Aston Martin’s attempt at a luxury sedan, but it wasn’t very well received mainly due to its, shall we say, unconventional looks. The most notorious model was the decidedly wedge-shaped second series in 1976, easily ranking as the worst looking Aston Martin ever, a peculiar contrast to the timeless designs that make up the manufacturer’s roster.
Its notoriety meant that most have forgotten about the shortlived first series Lagonda. Being based on the classic DBS grand tourer, it was less of an eyesore. You would be forgiven for forgetting it, though, because only seven were built out of the 645 total number of cars made during the Lagonda’s lifetime – one of which is currently for sale at Aston Martin Works. This rare example of the Lagonda was built in 1974 and was used as a display car at the London Motor Show at the time. As well as sporting a similar design to the DBS, the Lagonda for sale shares its 5.3-liter V8 engine, and includes Aston’s X-Pack which bumped up the horsepower from 380 hp in the stock car to almost 500.
This particular Lagonda is in immaculate condition having been restored to concours standard between 2002 and 2004, and has been maintained by Aston Martin Works ever since. Everything is original, apart from a Becker head unit, heated front seats, and a “concealed” Motorola car phone. There’s no price on the sale listing, but a concours Aston Martin DBS from this era typically sells for around $180,000, so expect the price of this rare four-door variant to hike even further.