Cohort Outtake: Aston Martin Lagonda – High Speed Folded Paper

Aston Martin Lagonda fq ramsesniblick

(first posted 4/10/2015)    The CC Cohort has been rather neglected of late; my apologies. But I just can’t resist this Aston Martin Lagonda posted by ramsesniblick. We’ve never done a proper look at what was, and still is one of the most polarizing cars of the modern era. And since I’m rushing off to the airport here in an hour, today won’t be the day either. But let’s at least stop and ponder it for a few minutes. Who can resist? Now if only I could get a Lagonda taxi to take me there.

Aston Martin Lagonda rq ramsesniblick

The new Lagonda first appeared in 1976, replacing the previous version that was not much more than a lengthened DBS. But designer William Townes had been cooking up a radically wedge-shaped, knife-edge successor of the folded-paper origami school that was the new rage in the seventies. That style generally worked a bit more readily with the mid-engined sports cars of the time, like Giugiaro’s Lotus Esprit. On a large luxury sedan, it was a bit more problematic, especially when the front end tapered together from both above and below, as in the Lagonda. The drooping tail added to the challenges, as the idea of a continuous wedge ending in a very tall tail was probably just not ready for public consumption. Nowadays, it’s standard fare.

This is obviously a Series 2 or 3 Lagonda, which were built from 1976 – 1987.

Aston Martin Lagonda series 4 wiki

The Series 4, launched in 1987, had clean flanks and a revised nose and other details, but by the mid 80s, everyone had long moved on to the aero-jelly bean look, and the Lagonda now looked as odd as it had in 1976. The origami school of design was not very long lived, like most.

I used to see these in LA back in the day, but needless to say, I don’t expect to encounter one curbside here. But I’ll keep an eye out, just in case.