The launch of the Aston Martin Lagonda at Aston Clinton in October 1976 marked a return of the Lagonda name which had remained largely dormant since the Rapide model ceased production in 1964.
The new Lagonda’s platform chassis used the V8’s suspension, although now self-levelling. Brakes were ventilated discs all round, mounted in-board at the back, while the 5,340cc four camshaft alloy V8 engine, mated to a three speed automatic transmission, produced 280bhp at 5,000rpm via quadruple Weber carburettors – sufficient for 148mph and 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, making the Lagonda the fastest four door saloon in the world.
It was the futuristic, aerodynamic, aluminium coachwork, however, that was a radical departure with its sleek, sharp and straight-edged lines. Inside, too, the design was radical, with advanced digital, cathode-ray tube instrumentation with electronic push-button switchgear.
Throughout the history of the marque, these hand-built Lagondas were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world. The only other “production” cars to approach its lofty price tag were the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit/Silver Spur and Bentley Mulsanne.
Despite this, there were still those who believed the standard model to be too conservative and resultantly, Aston Marin offered a Tickford conversion that took its name from the factory’s in-house coachbuilder. The conversion consisted primarily of a sportier looking body kit including side skirts, deeper rear valance and an aggressive front air dam, while some examples even had their wheelbase extended.
With only 645 ever produced, it is a challenge to find one in a similar condition to this one. Finished in its original factory paintwork of Cannock Black with Dove Grey leather interior, this is an example of a substantially rare variant of an already exclusive model, the Lagonda Tickford. Even more impressively, this is one of the very few limousine versions with a 28cm extended wheelbase, of which only 4 were ever built. Provided with its original Owners handbook, this marvellous example was bought by the current owner from the well renowned classic car dealers – Thiesen from Berlin in 2001.
This exquisite examples history file repays inspection as there is a verification form in 2001 by Tamsen GmbH that this car’s odometer recording was 65,000km.