1987 Facelift

1987 Facelift Description

Lagonda (1987 facelift)

In production: 1987 — 1990

Chassis numbers: 13540 – 13645, excluding 13595 (production)

By 1986 the razor sharp styling had been around for ten years and William Towns returned to AML to restyle his most famous design. The sharp edges were rounded off, the swage line removed and the pop-up lights deleted. The redesigned nose featured six fixed head and driving lights and the fog lights were re-sited into a new body coloured chin spoiler. The headlights could be cleaned by water from washer jets fitted to the front bumper. The sills were deepened and lost the brushed aluminium trim. Also a new design of alloy wheels by Wolfrace, 16 inches in diameter bearing 255/60VR Avon CR27 tyres were fitted although these have been found on late examples of cars with the original bodystyle. The problem with the rear lights was solved by fitting them to the rear panel and not the boot lid. The twin fuel fillers, previously behind lifting panels in the ‘C’ pillar were moved to the boot corners.

The revised facelift Lagonda, sometimes known within the factory as the Mark 2 was first seen at the 1987 Geneva Salon starting with chassis 13540. There were 105 facelift Lagondas built; 35 RHD (29 for the UK), 70 LHD (29 for the USA, 7 for the Middle East, 22 for mainland Europe).

1987 Facelift Specification

Body / Coachwork
Four-door four-seater saloon
Steel platform chassis with handcrafted aluminium alloy body panels
Four quartz halogen headlamps, two spot lamps and two under bumper fog lamps
Full Connolly leather interior including headlining
Full air-conditioning to front, separately controlled cool air-conditioning to rear
Vacuum-fluorescent integrated instrument pack
Blaupunkt New York or Memphis SQR 88 stereo radio cassette with four speakers, automatic rear wing aerial
Front-mounted all-alloy 90° V8, 5,340 cc, two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per bank. Engine number prefix V585/
Bore 100 mm. Stroke 85 mm. Compression ratio 9.35:1, 8.0:1 (Emission Control LFA)
Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Maximum power: 289 bhp @ 5,500 rpm (+/- 200 bhp on Emission Control LFA)
Maximum torque: 321 lb.ft @ 3,000 rpm
Air injection system: AC Delco air pump, two from 1988
Four catalytic convertors on Emission Control LFM & LFA
Automatic: Chrysler TorqueFlite three-speed automatic. No manual option
Final drive: Salisbury hypoid bevel with Powr-Lok limited slip differential
Final drive ratio: 3.058:1, 3.54:1 for Emission Control LFA cars
Wheels and Tyres
Bolt-on, alloy 7JK x 16 Wolfrace alloy wheels
Avon Turbospeed CR27 255/60 VR16 tyres (ZR16 from April 1988)
Length: 5,283 mm
Width: 1,816 mm
Height: 1,302 mm
Kerb weight: 2,064 kg
Wheelbase: 2,911 mm
Front track: 1,530 mm
Rear track: 1,562 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 104.6 litres + reserve
Maximum speed: 143 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph 8.8 seconds
Acceleration: 0-100 mph 20.5 seconds
Prices (including UK purchase tax/VAT and car tax where applicable)
March 1987: £87,500
October 1987: £87,500 ($177,500 USA)
March 1988: £89,500 ($187,500 USA)
September 1988: £98,000 ($187,500 USA)
February 1989: £110,000 ($197,000 USA)
August 1989: £120,000 ($197,000 USA)

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