The Aston Martin Bulldog was a one-off. It was designed
by William Towns, who Aston had brought in, in 1975, to
create the new Lagonda. He designed the wedge shape
sports car and for it to have gull-wing doors. The car
codename DP (development project)k.901, was delayed
due to the Lagonda running behind schedule. The car,
which was meant to be the flagship of the new in-house
engineering team which aimed to bring the Tickford
name back into use after 30 years.
That part worked because as a consequence the likes of
the Tickford Capri, Frazer Metro etc were produced. The
Bulldog , Chassis and interior work was passed to Head
engineer Mike Loasby with plans for a launch in concept
form featuring a turbo V8 engine at the 1978 Motor
Show. The reality was that by October 1978 the car was
only half finished and Loasby left to join Delorean.
The project was shelved and the car ( now known as
Canine) was placed in a cordoned off area at the far end
of the service department called the Kennel. In 1978 the
Kennel was opened and a new engineer, Keith Martin,
with a small team finally completed the car in about 12
months. Finally finished and officially named Bulldog.
The car now came with a 5.3 Litre V8 with twin Garrett
turbocharagers delivering 650BHP and a top speed of
191mph. They had hoped for the magic 200mph.
Launched to the press in 1980 to a mixed reception.
The car started out Silver Grey, now a Metallic Green.
The interior has also been changed from the original
dark brown and black to light tan.
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