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Aston Martin Revives Lagonda, New Generation: “WTF is a ‘Lagonda’?”

Posted in Aston Martin, auto industry, Cars, Chrysler, Classic, Concept Cars, Design, Expensive Cars by Suzanne Denbow | October 14th, 2008 | 6 Responses |

Dead for nearly 20 years, Aston Martin has announced plans to revive the Lagonda brand of luxury cars. A concept car preview of the future styling is expected out next year, with official production launch tentatively scheduled for 2012. The original Lagonda was produced by Aston Martin from 1978 through 1989 and was unrivaled as the ugliest, most technologically advanced luxury saloon on the market. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel, but both features were prone to frequent failure and cost quadruple the planned budget to develop. Outfitted with a V8 carburated engine and Chrysler’s 3-speed “TorqueFlite” automatic transmission, the Lagonda featured a spectacularly awful mpg average, but that was back during a time when a gallon of gas cost a whopping 72ยข. With significantly more experience under their belts and the benefit of a friendship with Maybach to help light the way, we expect the new Aston Martin Lagonda to be a dramatic departure from the Lagonda of years past.

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda

[News Source: Auto News]

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  1. As Governor Schwarzenegger once said, in the movie “Predator” to the creature he opposed, as it tore off its helmet, “You are one ugly mother!” The same applies to the 1974 Lagonda. Gas might have been just 74 cents a gallon but whomever penned these lines tried too hard to take neo-classic and merge it with some ideas that looked as if they were rejected by Bill Mitchell (the head of Gm “Styling”).

    Let’s hope that this time around, Bentley finds someone with some taste. It is difficult admittedly. But maybe if they took a trip to a concours and looked at some of the Bentley cars of the Fifties, they might figure it out.

  2. sam says:

    If you think this is ugly, compare it to its contemporaies. Try the ’89 Cadillac, Lincolns and Chrystler Imperial

  3. […] those unfamiliar with the history of the Lagonda, the Concept variant appears to be a truly ugly specimen utterly void of rhyme or reason. While […]

  4. FUCKYOU says:

    Fuck you people,the Lagonda owns and looks sexy.