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The words “ugly” and “Aston Martin” typically don’t reside in the same breath. After all, the British GT car marque has outfitted James Bond for 60 years now. Still, just about every automaker has stylistic skeletons in their closets. Check out one of the ugliest cars in the brand’s luxury car repertoire: the classic Aston Martin Lagonda. 

The Aston Martin Lagonda is a classic luxury car with inexplicable appeal

A 1981 Aston Martin Lagonda classic luxury car parks on a wet street.
1981 Aston Martin Lagonda | National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images

The Aston Martin faithful will remember the Series 1 Lagonda, a four-door variant of the handsomely angular DBS and V8 coupes. However, the Series 2 model took on an entirely different look. 

Designer William Towns penned and then released a long-body Lagonda in 1976. It was a dramatic departure from the previous model, with sharp sloping lines and a digital gauge cluster. The brand made just 645 of the cars from 1976 to 1989. Traditional fans of the brand’s round lamps, gaping grilles, and classic GT aesthetic will remember the car as one of the more unfortunate styling experiments in the brand’s long history. 

However, the model’s opulence and rarity make it a collectible, oddly desirable ride. In fact, the highest U.S. sale of one of these luxury cars came in at $151,500, per Understandable– a dip into the Lagonda’s interior reveals fabulously posh features like liquor cabinets and color televisions. 

The classic Aston Martin luxury car isn’t the king among the marque’s less-attractive offerings

A black and white Aston Martin Cygnet sit on a stage.
A set of Cygnets | Aston Martin

Still, the classic Series 2, 3, and 4 Aston Martin Lagonda models aren’t the all-time most unfortunate-looking Astons. No, that bragging right belongs to the short-lived Cygnet hatchback. The Aston Martin Cygnet, a squat, awkward city hatchback, looks as though someone shrank the already questionable DBX707 SUV on a smartphone screen to fit on a Toyota iQ platform.

Still, these cars represent a limited span of the British marque’s catalog. Since Aston Martin released the effortless GT car good looks of the now-discontinued DB7, the brand has earned its reputation for building some of the most sought-after styling on the market.    

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