Aston Martin Lagonda series 2 prototype




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Aston Martin Lagonda series 2 prototype

Year of production 1976 - 1976

Model: Lagonda (1974 - 1990)

Wikipedia (Lagonda): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_Lagonda

Aston Martin Lagonda series 2 prototype

`(1976)

On the 12th October 1976, at the Bell Inn, Aston Clinton, Aston Martin shocked the world by unveiling the fabulous and futuristic, Williams Town's designed,Michael Loasby engineered Lagonda. This was the ultimate car of the future from a company which appeared to have no future just two years previously. The car was crammed full of new and relatively untried technology which included LED digital instruments, touch sensitive switches and electronic memory seats all within a sleek and sharply styled body.

The Aston Martin Lagonda was without doubt THE star of the 1976 Motor Show at Earls Court and was featured on the cover of very many Motoring Magazines worldwide. The first prototype saloon was engineered by a team under Mike Loasby in a quite remarkable nine months from styling drawings to Motor Show concept car. As well as the aerodynamic wedge shape, the Lagonda was yet more remarkable for its unique electronic instrumentation and switchgear, developed at the Cranfield Institute of Technology . This had been greatly influenced by AML director and shareholder, Peter Sprague who was also deeply involved with National Semiconductor in the US. Mike Loasby had visited the headquarters of National Semiconductor in California and became enamoured with the touch sensitive switches in the elevators. As it happened, the production cars had a totally redesigned computer and instrumentation developed and built in the USA by the Javelina Corporation.

In fact, the prototype, L/13001/R, was at the time a complete non-runner; footage shot by the BBC at the time showing the car moving was actually the car coasting down a hill under gravity. The Lagonda followed the classic 1970′s trend of wedge styling with low bonnet line and sharp creases. Pop up lights as already seen in such sports cars as the Ferrari 308, Lotus Esprit, Triumph TR7 and Lamborghini Countach were another feature. The Lagonda had become perhaps the ultimate expression of the school of ‘folded paper’ design but with 4 doors and genuine 4 seater accommodation; low slung and obviously aerodynamic yet spacious and comfortable too. To owners and enthusiasts, it’s simply known as ‘the wedge’.

Sadly the prototype car was broken up by the factory around 1979 which is a bit of a shame as it would be considered as the jewel in the crown of any classic Aston Martin collection.

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