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I bet the guy who took the photos was embarassed to be seen driving that around just to take pics

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I bet the guy who took the photos was embarassed to be seen driving that around just to take pics
he probably had a james bond alter ego
i think he should have thied to put the thing in submarine mode like moon raker. and sink the bitch in the ocean.
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no the rustang thin is the truth even your benz might contain a few re cycled vws.
haha, I meant that car that somewhat resembles an ugly shark.
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haha, I meant that car that somewhat resembles an ugly shark.
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If the thing has Lucas forget it. A corniche is bad enough, that poor aston actually tried to lead the field in electronics! That is like a pregnant nun trying to pole vault.
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Look at the freaking steering wheel .......HORRIBLE!!

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If the thing has Lucas forget it. A corniche is bad enough, that poor aston actually tried to lead the field in electronics! That is like a pregnant nun trying to pole vault.
Yes it's Lucas (Prince of darkness) all the way. The push button controls and attempt at futuristic instrumentation was quite ugly. The original Quattroporte was a nightmare too, but on a lesser scale. My Father had a DB4 and DB5, which were not always easy to keep running (very funky 2 in 1 fuel pump) either.

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you have to pay me to drive that thing. people would definitely laugh at you.
It has been reported that some people even laugh if you drive an old S-class with pimpy wheels but I don't know for sure...
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On October 12th, 1976 a completely new car, the ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA, was revealed to the press at Aston Clinton. It had William Towns’ styling, Michael Loasby’s engineering and solid-state digital instrumentation, which led to its presentation as a new product type. Even the badge was an innovation, it was Lagonda, but with Aston Martin added. The production of such a car in about seven months was a remarkable achievement. It was 17 feet 4 inches (5,283 mm) long, 5 feet 11.5 inches (1,816 mm) wide, 4 feet 3.25 inches (1,302 mm) high, with a wheelbase of 9 feet 6.5 inches (2,916 mm) and track of 5 feet 1 inch (1,499 mm). Fuel was now supplied by four Weber 42DCNF twin-choke carburretors. Quoted maximum power output was 280 bhp @5,000 rpm, with a quoted maximum torque output of 360 lb/ft. Initially the weight was said to be 3,800 lb. By 1982, however, it had apparently risen to 4,551 lb.(2,064 kg). The 15 x 7 inch wheels had Avon GR70VR tyres. This spectacular machine, known as the SERIES 2, gained enormous publicity, and convinced many doubters that the company was very much alive. Delivery had been scheduled for Spring, 1977 (delivery of the first was on 24th April, 1978), but regular production, initially at the rate of about one a week, started late in 1978, with deliveries early in 1979. A Lagonda was used for development of a twin turbo-charged V8 late in 1980, and the Lagonda was cleared for sale in the USA in 1982. Detailed modifications and improvements have been made to the car since it was launched. For example, those announced at the Frankfurt Show on 13th September, 1983, included BBS wheels, US safety bumpers and spoilers as standard, revised seats, opening rear windows, and re-positioned switches. A conversion by Aston Martin Tickford Ltd, was unveiled at the London Motorfair on 19th October, 1983 priced at £85,000, it had a colour TV in the front as well as the back. About half a dozen such conversions were sold. A long wheel-based Tickford limousine version appeared in 1984, priced at £110,000 in the UK (described in Autocar, October 17th, and Motor, October 20th). It is believed only 4 were sold. At sometime between late 1981 and 1983, the car badge became simply ‘Lagonda’ again, first on the brochures, then on the cars.


The NEC Show in 1984 was the UK debut for the multi-lingual Lagonda , with messages, warnings and displays being provided, from computerised instrumentation displayed on three five inch cathode-ray tubes (CRT), complemented verbally in either English, French, German or Arabic. Badges proliferate on the later cars (bonnet, boot, wheel centres, fuel filler caps, steering wheel and dashboard), whereas on the early cars they appear only on the radiator and wheel centres. Fuel injection by Weber-Marelli was announced at the New York Show in January, 1986, increasing the quoted maximum power output to 300 bhp @5,000 rpm in Europe, with maximum torque of 320 lb/ft), and 240 bhp in the USA.


This change heralded the start of a new series, SERIES 3. At the beginning of 1987 vacuum fluorescent instrumentation was introduced. Kerb weight had increased to 4,622 lb.(2,096 kg). Gearbox ratios were now 7.49, 4.43, 3.058:1 (reverse 6.73:1), with a final drive ratio of 3.058:1. William Towns rounded off the sharp edges of his design to produce the substantially different appearance of the SERIES 4 car, which was first seen at the Geneva Show in March, 1987. The four pop-up headlights were moved to a re-designed nose, where they look like six, fog lamps appeared in a new spoiler, the sills were deepened, and the new alloy wheels were now 16 inch bearing 255/60VR Avon CR27 tyres. Weight had increased to 4,547 lb. Fuel supply was via twin SU electric pumps and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. UK gearbox ratios had changed to 7.52, 4.45, 3.062:1 (reverse 6.75:1), with a final drive ratio of 3.062:1. Quoted maximum power output was 289 bhp @ 5,000 rpm, with a quoted maximum torque output of 3,21lb/ft @3,000 rpm. At the end of 1987 it was still being sold as the Aston Martin Lagonda.


A total of 645 Series 2 to 4 chassis were built before production ended in 1989. Of this about 30% went to the Middle East, with about 25% each to the UK and USA. Subsequently, a 2-door car has been built by the factory, and and a shooting brake conversion has been made in Switzerland. Road tests of a Series 2 car by Motor (October 11th, 1980) and Autocar (October 18th, 1980) recorded 0-60.mph in 7.9 and 8.8 secs, 0-100 mph in 20.3 and 20.5 secs, and a maximum of 145 and 148 mph respectively. Jim Whyman in Motor Sport (January, 1982), timed 0-60 mph at just over 9 secs. and 0-100 mph at 20 secs. Prices quoted include May, 1977 (£24,570); October 1977, £27,880 (£32,630); April 1979, £32,052 (£37,500); November 1979, £40,080 (£49,933); March 1981, £42,949 (£53,500); February 1982, £45,351 (£56,500); February 1983, £47,759 (£59,500); November 1983, £52,976 (£66,000); June 1985, £60,196 (£75,000); January 1986, £63,813 (£79,500); March 1987, £76,254 (£95,000). The price of non-standard trim increased from £288 (£337) to £500 (£623) between 1978 and 1987. An Everflex vinyl roof, introduced in 1979, could be had for £756 (£942) in 1985, but had disappeared in 1987. (Prices in brackets include UK car tax and VAT).

DATE SALE PLACE YEAR CHASSIS CONDITION PRICE
30 January 2007 Ebay USA 1984 13287 Good *£10,600
14 December 2006 Ebay UK 1981 13069 Good £6,500
7 December 2006 Ebay USA 1986 13483 Good *£9,325
5 December 2006 Ebay USA 1988 13553 Very good *£20,100
1 December 2006 Ebay USA 1985 13453 Very good *£15,800
30 November 2006 Coys London 1983 13265 Very good £19,500
20 November 2006 Ebay UK 1984 13380 Good * £6,900
30 November 2006 Ebay USA 1984 13324 Evel Knievel's. Highly modified * £23,684
19 November 2006 Bonhams & Goodman Australia 1982 13180 Good *
16 November 2006 Ebay UK 1984 13302 Good * £6,600
22 October 2006 Ebay USA 1984 13301 Good *
9 September 2006 Ebay USA 1986 13473 Good * £15,244
29 August 2006 Ebay USA 1988 13553 Good * £29,500
13 August 2006 Ebay USA 1986 13467 Fire damaged £3,055
18 July 2006 Ebay UK 1980 13055 Good * £11,000
6 July 2006 Ebay UK 1981 13078 Good * £7,999
2 July 2006 Ebay USA 1988 13545 Excellent * £20,252
21 May 2006 Ebay UK 1981 13078 Good *£11,999
16 May 2006 Ebay Belgium 1983 13234 Good *
13 May 2006 Bonhams Newport Pagnell 1988 13571 6.1 Litre £30,475
3 May 2006 Ebay USA 1984 13324 Evel Knievel's. Highly modified * £23,000
21 April 2006 Ebay USA 1987 13521 Excellent £20,555
7 April 2006 Ebay France 1979 13016 Good *
6 April 2006 Ebay UK 1980 13106 Requires restoration £4,300
2 April 2006 Ebay USA 1986 13491 Good * £23,944
30 March 2006 Ebay USA 1984 13342 Mike Tyson's *
23 March 2006 Ebay Netherlands 1980 13024 Good * £9,695
19 March 2006 Ebay UK 1983 13307 Good *
17 March 2006 Ebay UK 1980 13055 Good *
11 March 2006 RM Amelia I., USA 1987 13492 Excellent *
13 February 2006 Ebay UK 1991 13625 Excellent *£15,100
30 January 2006 Ebay USA 1984 13373 Good (See video link) £12,600
6 January 2006 Ebay UK 1980 13040 Good £6,000
21 December 2005 Ebay USA 1986 13441 Good £10,200
20 November 2005 Bonhams/Goodman NSW 1981 13066 Good £17,150
14 November 2005 Ebay USA 1986 13483 Good * £8,944
30 September 2005 Ebay USA 1984 13297 Good * £12,472
25 September 2005 Ebay UK 1980 13027 Average * £4,500
23 September 2005 Ebay USA 1984 13363 Average * £9,611
22 September 2005 Ebay Australia 1989 13609 Needs work *
10 September 2005 Bonhams Beaulieu 1989 13605 Good *
9 September 2005 Ebay Canada 1989 13573 Excellent *£22,277
14 August 2005 Ebay Netherlands 1980 13215 Good *£17,555
24 June 2005 Bonhams Goodwood 1990 13590 Excellent *
24 June 2005 Bonhams Goodwood 1987 13393 Excellent £26,450
20 June 2005 Ebay USA 1986 13483 Good £14,777
19 June 2005 Ebay UK 1981 13078 Good £7,600
4 June 2005 Bonhams Newport Pagnell 1987 13622 Pristine £52,000
29 May 2005 Ebay USA 1984 13297 Good *£9,777
14 May 2005 Ebay Switzerland 1983 13213 Good £12,932
30 April 2005 Oldtimer Toffen 1984 13331 Good *
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When I first worked in The City, they had just been launched and there was one parked outside my office one day. The crowd around it was quite astonishing under the circumstances ( expensive cars are not rare in The City).

Anyway, last year there was one for sale at a local dealer and I went to have a look at it for the sake of nostalgia. It was indeed an ugly, dated, poorly built piece of shit.
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