Lagonda V8 Prototype Description
Unveiled: April 1970 (prototype)
Chassis number: MP230/1
Despite the previous Lagonda, the DB4-based Rapide having been out of production since 1964, Sir David Brown, knighted in 1968, continued to have a soft spot for the marque. In spring 1970, a prototype DBS V8 based four-door saloon, code number MP230 was unveiled and announced to be David Brown's personal transport. The design had been on the drawing board of stylist William Towns since 1966 as his original designs for the DB6 replacement were for both two-door Aston Martin and four-door Lagonda variants. Rumour has it that the four-door was actually sketched first as the two-door was more convincingly styled by shortening the longer varient. With coachwork finished in his favoured colour of Roman Purple, Sir David also specified the upholstery of the Lagonda not with traditional hide but with crimson Draylon which was the height of fashion at the time. The car retained the regular DBS style grille, was fitted with a prototype 5-litre fuel injected V8 power unit and, rather oddly for such a powerful car, spoked wheels. Plans to bring the four/five seater car to production reality were sadly shelved and the David Brown Corporation sold AML to Company Developments in 1972, the prototype DBS V8 based Lagonda remained a unique testament as to what could have been.