Aston Marin Lagonda
commissioned Ghia Studio of Turin, Italy, one of Ford's three Advanced
Design Studios worldwide, to design and develop a hand-made luxury
car for the year 2000 and beyond. Our understanding is that the price
is being kept "reasonable" by the use of pre-exsisting components,
such as a Lincoln chassis. So far only the prototypes have been produced.
The Vignale is Ghia's solution to what Aston Martin calls "a car for
Hand finished aluminum
body panels are applied to an extruded aluminum frame. Under the hood
is an experimental Ford V-12 engine that is electronically controlled
to turn off cylinders under light load condtions and return to full
power in response to the needs of the driver and road conditions.
Inside, soft natural
grained leather is used for the seating surfaces, while luxurious wool
worstered Wilton carpeting and a natural wool headliner wrap the driver
and passengers in splendid comfort. Advance electronics provide an on-board
satelite navigation system. The instrument panel, which houses the individual
dials with their traditional graphics, is constructed from a single
piece of light grained laminated beech wood. Nickel finished vents for
the air conditioning are positioned on either side of the face. Power
operated desk trays with built in lap-top computers are provided for
each of the rear passengers.
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