Aston Martin has a rather long history with four-door models but if you had to pick one out of them, it has to be the 1976-1990 Lagonda.
The Aston Martin Lagonda is one of those few cars that you can’t unsee because it’s just so bizarre from the get-go; the wedge-shaped squareness of the body becomes more dramatic once you look it from the sides, where the huge overhangs reveal their massive size. You wouldn’t call it beautiful but it’s certainly impressive.
You think your 2019 Hyundai is cool because it has a tablet-like infotainment display? Well, the Lagonda had three CRT monochromatic screens for the driver’s instrument panel, and that’s from a car that was offered new in the ‘70s. In fact, reports suggest that development of the electronics alone costed Aston Martin four times as much as the budget for the whole car.
As you might imagine, having so many electronics in a British car built so many years ago means that the Aston Martin Lagonda is probably a nightmare to own; a special, unique nightmare but a nightmare nevertheless.
Power came from a 5.3-liter V8 paired to an automatic transmission, which sounds great until you learn that the weight of the Lagonda is around 4400lbs (1996kg). That’s heavy, even by today’s standards.
Who better to take you for a tour around such a unique and bizarre vehicle than Doug DeMuro?