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Lot 625: Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Aston Martin's periodic revival of the Lagonda name saw it applied to a stretched, four-door AM V8 in the mid-1970s, a mere handful of which was constructed. When the concept re-emerged, it was the sensation of the 1976 London Motor Show. Clothed in striking 'razor-edge' bodywork designed by William Towns - the man responsible for the DBS - the new Lagonda saloon used the same long-wheelbase V8 chassis as its immediate predecessor while breaking new ground in terms of electronic instrumentation and switch-gear. Problems with the latter would delay production until April 1978, by which time a less radical design had been adopted. The interior though, was every bit as luxurious as the exterior was futuristic, featuring selected Connolly hides, deep Wilton carpeting and plentiful walnut veneer, all hand-finished by skilled craftsmen in the best Aston Martin tradition. The Lagonda was face-lifted in 1987, acquiring a slightly softer, less hard-edged look and continued in production until May 1990, by which time a total of 645 had been built. Even today, almost 40 years after its sensational debut, there are few cars that can match the visual presence of the Aston Martin Lagonda. A left-hand drive model equipped with the almost universal automatic transmission, this example was first owned by one Najib Choufani (from the Lebanese Republic) who had the car registered in the UK (as 'C772 DRO') and delivered to Monte Carlo in French specification (see copy of original bill of sale on file). A letter on file claims that Aston Martin has confirmed that '13493' is the 7th car completed with an engine incorporating hardened valve seats, enabling it to run on unleaded fuel. The Lagonda was next owned (from 1991) by George Patterson of Exmouth followed by Billy J Smart of Waltham Abbey, who purchased it in 2008. The current vendor acquired the car 2010. Chassis number '13493' comes with a large history file containing the service booklet, assorted correspondence and numerous bills/invoices recording regular maintenance and servicing by Aston Martin Lagonda and various specialists. The most recent invoice, issued by AML in May 2011, is for a 10,000-mile/annual service, a replacement oil cooler and extensive repairs to the sills and other lower body sections at a cost of 13,191. Finished in Suffolk Red with magnolia leather upholstery, and described as in immaculate condition, this well documented Lagonda is offered with the aforementioned history file, owner's handbook, numerous expired MoT certificates, UK V5C document and fresh MoT.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number625
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€24000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€27600
Year1985
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFDLO1S4FTL13439
Engine numberV/580/3439
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors