Find­ing new an­gles

LAGONDA has been REIN­VENTED BE­FORE

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1976 as­ton martin lagonda

It looked like a con­cept, but the Wil­liam Towns-de­signed sa­loon that stunned Lon­don mo­tor show crowds in 1976 was a real car and you could buy one (if your pock­ets were deep enough). Mid­dle Eastern buy­ers loved it and, re­mark­ably, it stayed in pro­duc­tion un­til 1990.

1993 lagonda Vig­nale

Af­ter the demise of the ‘wedge’, AML owner Ford moved to re­launch Lagonda with this baroque leviathan, styled by Mo­ray Cal­lum. by a won­der­ful co­in­ci­dence, brother Ian was work­ing on the Db7 at the same time, and bosses de­cided the As­ton was the bet­ter prospect.

2009 lagonda con­cept luv

That’s LUV for lux­ury util­ity ve­hi­cle. Timed to co­in­cide with the 100th birth­day of the Lagonda mar­que, and aimed at emerg­ing mar­kets in China and rus­sia, the Marek re­ich­man-penned lux­ury 4x4 was not well-re­ceived, though it is now per­ceived as be­ing ahead of its time.

2015 lagonda taraf

suc­cess­fully evok­ing the 1976 Towns Lagonda, this time re­ich­man hit the bulls­eye with the rapide-based lim­ited-edi­tion Taraf, ini­tially launched in the Mid­dle East but later of­fered in other ter­ri­to­ries, too. sump­tu­ously trimmed, with a 540bhp V12, Lagonda was fi­nally back.

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