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30 July 2016

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Lot 146

1985 Aston Martin Lagonda Series III

  • Chassis no. SCFDL01S5GTL13466
  • Engine no. V5853466FA

$85,000 - $125,000


263 bhp, 325.9 cu. in. DOHC V-8 engine, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, upper/lower control arm front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, De Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms, and coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 114.8 in.

  • The 1986 New York Auto Show car
  • An extremely early production, U.S.-delivery Series III model
  • A classic of modern design and advanced engineering


Aston Martin brought the grand old name of Lagonda back to the market in 1976 with a car that was true to the marque’s heritage of luxurious, advanced high-speed grand touring. The new Lagonda was styled by William Towns with his typical audaciousness, including crisp, linear “flying wedge” styling that resembled Japanese origami, hidden headlights, and an exceptionally narrow radiator shell, all hinting at the power of the twin-cam V-8 and advanced chassis beneath. At the time of its introduction, it was rated at 140 mph, making it one of the fastest four-door sedans on the market. The interior was truly a luxurious place to be, with four-passenger seating, all on bucket seats, and all of the latest comfort technology. In particular, the Lagonda was noted for its early use of fully digital instrumentation, including touch-screen dashboard controls.

The Lagonda achieved full production in 1978 and was produced for 14 years, until 1992. During that period, 645 were built, and they have come to be regarded as the most collectible and state-of-the-art sedan of the time period, as well as a classic of modern automotive styling.

The car offered here is an exceptionally early Series III model, built on New Year’s Eve 1985, and a dashboard plaque identifies it as having been the car which was displayed on the Aston Martin stand at the New York Auto Show in January 1986. Thereafter, it was sold to J. Schnepf of Newport Beach, California, who took delivery on 16 February 1987. After only limited mileage was accrued in Mr. Schnepf’s ownership, the car was sold to a new owner in the Netherlands and eventually made its way back to the United States as part of its present owner’s collection. Both the paint and interior are in very good condition, and the appearance of the chassis and engine bay reflect cleanliness and good care.

One of the most significant Lagondas, this original U.S.-delivery example would be an excellent addition to any Aston Martin collection, representing one of the most advanced and modern sedans to come out of England in the 1980s.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more