It will be available exclusively in the Middle East because of the specific market demand there and will be offered for sale by invitation only.
The original four-door Lagonda was designed by William Towns in October 1976 and had innovative solid state digital instrumentation and represented a futuristic concept at the time. Initial production levels were set at one car a week but it wasn’t until 1979 that the first car was delivered.
Most orders were received from the Middle East and by 1982 the Lagonda was cleared for sale in the USA. It had a facelift in 1987 before ending production in 1989.
A total of 645 chassis were built, requiring 2 200 man-hours to build with only 25 being built per year for the US market.
The new saloon will also be hand-built by the finest craftsmen and women at Aston Martin’s manufacturing facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire in a dedicated building previously given over to the creation of the One-77 hypercar. It will feature many of the same cutting edge engineering techniques seen in modern Aston Martin sports cars such as the use of carbon fibre in the body panels.
The return of Lagonda follows in the wake of other headline-grabbing projects such as the One-77 hypercar, V12 Zagato and last year’s CC100 Speedster Concept, which later turned into two customer commissions.
While the original ran on a 5.3-litreDOHC V8 engine that produced 209kW with a three-speed automatic transmission, it will be interesting to see how the new saloon will measure up. Exact pricing details are unknown at this point, but will correspond with the car’s exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature. Production may start early in 2015.