Treat yourself for Christmas with this stunning Aston Martin Lagonda
At $70,000 is this a bargain?
It's not everyday that a low milage Aston Martin from the '80s is up for sale at a price attainable within your lifetime.
Say hello this stunning 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2 that rests with just 14,802 miles on the clock.
Being a lightly used vintage exotic, the price is indeed somewhat steep but not as terrifying as you would expect: $70,000 USD. No it is not in the hands of a shady private seller, you can be comforted by the fact that it is sits in a New York dealership by the name of Aventura Motors.
You know the vehicle is unique when it does not show up on anywhere on AutoTrader and only Hemmings' website (and eBay too for some reason).
Why is the Lagonda so special?
Two reasons: rarity and historical significance. Of the 16 year model run, a total of just 645 vehicles were produced for the entire world. For reference, Ferrari made 1315 units of the Ferrari F40 and Rolls-Royce made 1090 Corniche saloons.
The Lagonda was pretty important too, being the first production car to feature a digital dashboard. It also had touch pad controls, cruise control and electrical windows, making it one of the best tech-fest saloons of the '80s.
Following the Lagonda's demise in 1990, there was the sportier Rapide and the ultra-expensive Taraf at $1,000,000. This vehicle really was the English manufacturer's last attempt to compete with Rolls-Royce. This particular example is beyond special though with its stunning paintwork and two-tone interior, a bold and rare specification.
What's under the bonnet?
At this point you are expecting me to tell you that it is fitted with a 400hp V12, right? I am afraid that is not the case, Aston did not have a V12 until 1999 when the DB7 Vantage debuted.
Instead the Lagonda uses a 5.3L naturally aspirated V8 that produced 280hp and 302lb-ft (409Nm) when it was new. Those figures sound weak but they truly are all you need as the Lagonda could achieve 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds; perfect for a luxury saloon.
Do not expect to be daily driving this as fuel economy was reported to be disastrous, even for its time. It was so bad that Aston Martin switched to fuel-injection when it came to the Series 3 but it was not enough to resolve the issue. The choice of transmission was solid though as the vehicle uses Chrysler's iconic and affordable 3-speed "TorqueFlite" automatic.
Would you buy this Lagonda if you had $70,000?
Thanks for reading and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
You can access the listing on Aventura Motors' website using the link below. All service records are included. If you want to know the finer "quirks and features" before investing you can view Doug DeMuro's in-depth video by clicking here.