In its 21 year career, this model was built in many
forms. The original style by William Towns, was fashioned
in alloy and first seen in 1967.
With the new DeDion rear suspension this wide, wedge-shaped
four-seater handled well but seen a little heavy for its
engine especially in the automatic version. In 1969 the
quad-cam all-alloy 375 bhp V8 catapulted the Aston to
a top speed of 257 km/h.
In 1973 its shape had altered with a new grille and single
lamps on either side.
The standard transmission was a 5-speed manual, although
many cars were made with an automatic Chrysler gearbox.
The dramatic Lagonda four-door of 1976 was pure Aston
and seen as appealing to Arab oil sheiks.
The last V8 was made in 1990 and by then its engine had
become injection. It was large, thirsty and expensive
and viewed as a dinosaur despite its enormous appeal as
a traditionally-built high-speed express.