|Manufacturer||Aston Martin Lagonda|
|Production||1953 to 1958 270 produced|
|Body style||2-door 4-seat coupé 4-door 4-seat saloon 2-door 4-seat drophead coupé|
|Engine||2.9 L Lagonda I6|
|Wheelbase||113.5 in (2,883 mm)|
|Length||195.5 in (4,966 mm)|
|Width||70 in (1,778 mm)|
|Height||62 in (1,575 mm)|
From the autumn of 1953 a new Lagonda, the 3-litre, was introduced. This model retained the all-independent chassis frame of the original postwar model, but had the enlarged 2922cc engine which was also being fitted to the latest Aston Martins, which in this form produced a maximum of 140bhp (gross) instead of the 105bhp (net) of the original 2.6-Litre car.
The body styling, however, was completely new, and was a sleek creation by Tickford, available as a two-door saloon or as a two-door drophead coupe; a four-door saloon style soon followed. Performance was indeed improved, so that a maximum speed of more than 100mph was available, and the car gained the Royal seal of approval when an example was acquired (and retained for some years) by the Duke of Edinburgh.
By this time, however, David Brown's heart was in motor racing and the progressive improvement of Aston Martin models. When production of cars was
moved from Feltham to Newport Pagnell (the old Tickford factory), building of Lagondas petered out, and no further Lagonda models were built until the beginning of the 1960s, when the DB4-based Rapide arrived.
Engine and transmission: (3.0-litre version) Bore, stroke and capacity 83 X 90mm., 2922cc. Maximum power 140bhp (gross) at 5000rpm.; maximum torque 1661b.ft. at 2500rpm. Four-speed manual gearbox in unit with engine. Hypoid bevel final drive.
Chassis: Front engine, rear drive. Separate steel chassis frame, of cruciform layout, with I-section main members. Independent front suspension by coil springs and wishbones. Rack and pinion steering. Independent rear suspension by longitudinal torsion bars, and semi-trailing links. Four-wheel drum brakes.
Bodywork: Coachbuilt body styles,1953-1958 3-litre models with wood framing, and light-alloy skin panels, in two-door four-seater saloon or drophead coupe styles, by Tickford. Length 16ft. 4in.; width 5ft. 9.5in.; height 5ft 2in. Unladen weight 36151b. (coupe approx 36601b.).
Performance: (3.0-litre saloon): Maximum speed 100mph. 0-60mph 15.8sec. Standing 1/4-mile 20.5sec. Typical fuel consumption 18mpg.
In Film and Television
Lagonda 3 Litre Tickford in Vicious Circle,with John Mills Movie from 1957