ALL THE ROAD CARS 1970s-1990s
SPECIFICATION Engine 5340cc, V8 Power 280bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 301lb ft @ 3500rpm 0-60mph 6.2sec Top speed 149mph
Based on the AM V8 but with a stretched wheelbase, the 1974 Lagonda saloon was the first car since the 1961 Rapide to wear the Lagonda badge, and it was not a success. Most of the blame can be attached to the 1974 oil crisis, which seriously limited the appeal of any V8-powered supersaloon, let alone one that would rarely see mpg in double figures. In fact the Lagonda was an impressive and capable machine, but during the two years of production just seven were sold (though another was later assembled from parts).
5340cc, V8 349bhp @ 6000rpm 369lb ft @ 3700rpm 5.9sec 155mph+
SPECIFICATION Engine 5935cc, V12 Power 510bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 420lb ft @ 5750rpm 0-60mph 4.2sec Top speed 191mph
Resurrecting a name last seen in the late ’60s, the Db9-derived DBS replaced the early-noughties Vanquish as the flagship production car in 2007 and gained huge cachet when it was adopted as 007’s company car when Daniel Craig assumed the tuxedo for Casino Royale. With power ramped up to 510bhp, aggressive styling, harder-edged dynamics and a manual gearbox, the DBS was Mr Hyde to the DB9’S Dr Jekyll. A Volante appeared in 2009. At the end of 2012, the DBS was replaced by the new Vanquish.
SPECIFICATION (2015MY) Engine 5935cc, V12 Power 568bhp @ 6650rpm Torque 465lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 3.6sec Top speed 201mph
The original Vanquish was a true landmark car, and it was a brave move to resurrect the name for the current series-production flagship. If the new car isn’t quite the same game-changer, the combination of aggressively shaped carbonfibre bodywork, 568bhp from a reworked V12, adaptive damping and carbon-ceramic brakes is still an intoxicating one. A Volante arrived in late 2013, and in late 2014 both versions got a refresh that included an eight-speed gearbox. New Vanquish S with 592bhp launched in late 2016.