Is this 1987 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting brake conversion hot or not?
A serious contender for the Weird Crush of the Year Award
This is a 1987 Aston Martin Lagonda and as you can see from the pictures, it is a shooting brake.
This front-engine rear-wheel drive saloon was introduced at the 1974 London Motor Show and by the year 1990, when production ended, only 645 units had been built. They were all saloons so the first thing we have to remember about this Lagonda is that it is not a production vehicle, it's a one-off conversion.
The Lagonda has often been criticised, chiefly because of the way it looks, but despite the "hate", it went to become one of the most iconic Aston Martin cars ever. It is powered by a 5.3 L V8 making 280 hp and 301 lb-ft of torque. Good enough, when it was new, to propel it from 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 149 mph. Which was not bad in 1987.
Over the years there have been several attempts at creating a shooting brake version of it and while the factory in Newport Pagnell never built one, some coach builders have tried.
Roos Engineering, a company based in Switzerland, began working on a shooting brake model in 1996, built with Aston Martin's say-so, which was completed in 1999.
Then, in 2006, the owner of this 1987 model hired Ted Mannerfeldt, a Swedish designer, to build the conversion you see here. The owner said he took his inspiration from one-off shooting brakes "such as the Radford DB5", except he wanted it to be more sinuous. The interior has been modified as well.
The interior looks magnificent. Plenty of wood and leather, as you would expect, garnished with chrome details here and there. I even like the black dashboard, even though it is basically made of plastic, because it's got that Back-to-the-Future effect to it. I especially love the drink cabinet. And the old-school CRT TV with the tiny screen is just class.
Now the Lagonda wasn’t exactly the prettiest car in the world to begin with, and building a shooting brake didn’t make it any more balanced or elegant. And yet... This car looks oddly satisfying.
This one-off Lagonda Shooting Brake will be auctioned, with no reserve, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale on August 15. It is expected to be sold for anywhere between $150,000 and $200,000.