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Nine decades ago Lionel Martin produced a car which he campaigned in the famous Aston Clinton hill climb. The names Aston and Martin were combined to provide a name for the marque which ever since has been associated with automotive excellence. And James Bond. Martin was a keen participant in motorsport, and started with a 10hp Singer as the basis for his tuning experiments. At that time, Martin…

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Aston Martin Lagonda

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
  • Engine:
  • 0-60 mph:
  • Top Speed:
  • Power:
    280/300 bhp

Despite bearing edges so sharp you could lacerate your palms, the Lagonda appealed to buyers who were a long way from being straight down the line. That holds true today, despite values dropping to tempt the unwary at below £10,000. The Aston Martin badge, when spotted, will seal your wealth status in the eyes of the unknowing, but there’s also plenty to rob you in this most complex of luxury limos. Launched in 1975, the V8- powered Lagonda stripped away Aston’s reputation for not scaring the horses. And if the styling was radical, the dashboard was looking past Dan Dare into the future. Three different dashes were tried before the car was axed in 1989, boasting technology such as solid-state digital, cathode-ray tubes and finally vacuum fluorescent instrumentation. The second incarnation would speak to you in Arabic, if you so desired, giving a clue to the destination of many of these five-metre long behemoths. The 5.3-litre V8 stayed pretty much the same throughout its life, but the shovel nosed design was re-dressed in 1987 for the last, Series Four car. Today, owners aren’t all sticking their heads in a bucket of sump oil in despair. Regular servicing is the key, according to those who’ve successfully run one. Although it’s probably best to have a trust fund too.

Aston Martin DB7

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door fixedhead coupé Two-door convertible
  • Engine:
    Supercharged twin overhead camshaft six-cylinder 3239cc 335bhp (Vantage V12 5935cc 420bhp)
  • 0-60 mph:
    Six-cylinder 5+ sec V12 5 sec
  • Top Speed:
    Six-cylinder 165 mph V12 185 mph
  • MPG:
    12-25 mpg

Past: The first ‘new’ Aston Martin for yonks, it was actually based upon a Jaguar XJ-S platform due to Ford acquiring both companies in the late 1980s. Even the supercharged six is a revamped XJR unit but at least the DB name returned with David Brown rejoining the fray for the first ‘volume’ Aston. Launched in 1994, the sensational Vantage V12 took over in 1999 with run out models for ’02 badged GT and GTA together with a Zagato offshoot.

Present: Ignoring the Ford bits used, or thatit’ s really an XJ-S in drag, the DB7 is a real Aston that’s affordable and realistic to run. Early cars weren’t great in build quality but for ’96 this improved as did brakes and suspension. V12 best but earlier ‘six’ is quick and good for 20mpg.

Future: Values won’t fall much further than current levels and are a good bet for the future. Sub £20k buys can be liabilities and already parts for early cars are now obsolete.

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