The engine, transmission and build of a car are only part of the equation; the other part of it is the design. There are plenty of weird cars out there, but this one is an Aston Martin; I’m honestly wondering what they were drinking or smoking when they came up with that one. Meet the 1976 Aston Martin LAGONDA Sedan, or saloon, as the British would say. To say that it took the automotive world by storm when it was introduced may be a bit of an overstatement, but what can’t be argued is that there must have been lots of jaws breaking from dropping too fast. Seriously, have a look: it looks as if a Rolls-Royce had been squished by a steamroller. Ok, not quite, but come on.
I’m going to admit that I don’t get it; that care continued to be produced all the way to 1990, too. I remember 1990, and cars were not nearly that ugly. Oh well.
The 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda was powered by a 5.3-liter V8, normally-aspirated, which produced 280 horsepower; the car was good for a top speed of 140 mph and a 0-60 acceleration time of 8 seconds. These are remarkably impressive numbers, considering that the car weighed almost 4,500 pounds (2,000 kilos). It also featured all the extras you would want in a luxury automobile, including air conditioning and power everything.
After a 14-year production run, only 645 of the super sedans had been produced, and Aston Martin quietly put the Lagonda out of its misery.