Monday, July 24, 2006

The Things That Dreams Are Made Of: 1986 Aston Martin Lagonda

The only car that can really hold a candle to the Quattroporte in the outrageous sedan sweepstakes. Somebody with more money than me, buy this car and we'll convoy. It'll be awesome.

Note especially the instrument panel that might've been conceived by a James Bond set designer, and also the name plaque on the cam cover. The story goes that for decades Aston Martin employed the same four engine builders; each would hand assemble an engine start to finish and affix his name to the motor when finished — the artist's signature in the corner. Here's the good part though: the guy who worked the dyno, who'd been putting completed engines through their paces for as long as anyone could remember, could supposedly divine the identity of a given unit's builder based solely upon the sound. Almost certainly apocryphal, but when a story's that good you'd kinda be a dick to quibble.

Click on the pic to check out the auction.


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