This well known and very important prototype was created in 1969 for the personal use of Aston Martin Chairman Sir David Brown, and represented the first use of the Lagonda name since the demise of the Rapide in 1964. The 4 door version of the DBS had been envisioned back in October 1966 when the DBS project had first been proposed to Sir David. When William Towns styled the DBS, he simultaneously worked on both 2 and 4 door versions of the same car, indeed there is evidence that the 4 door was designed first with the much more familiar 2 door being a shortened version! So the prototype Lagonda was born, some 12 inches longer in the chassis over the standard DBS to accommodate greater rear leg room and boot space. Originally finished in Sir David’s favoured colour, ‘Roman Purple’, with seats and door cards in Crimson velour. The original 5.0 litre fuel injected V8 and wire wheels were soon changed by the factory for the 5.3 quad carb V8 engine (No.VS4008EE) in the car today, and GKN alloys. The car also carries its original registration number JPP 5G from new which appears in the original press releases! The car was a personal favourite of Sir David’s and in the early 70’s it was a
aston martin 1969 lagonda 4-door prototype 2-door alloy-wheels v8 aston-martin rwd petrol british fast saloon 2wd
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