A notable British car will soon see a rebirth. Here’s why that’s exciting for Springfield.

Springfielder Wilbur Gunn founded the company which manufactured the Lagonda car in Staines, England, naming it for the Shawnee settlement where the city of Spingfield exists today. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
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Springfielder Wilbur Gunn founded the company which manufactured the Lagonda car in Staines, England, naming it for the Shawnee settlement where the city of Spingfield exists today. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Many Springfield residents may know the name Lagonda for a number of reasons locally, but a luxury auto manufacturer will be making the name global again soon.

Aston Martin Lagonda recently announced it will be reviving the Lagonda luxury car line in the near future. A concept for the Lagonda Vision sedan was unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, along with two 40 percent scale models of a possible SUV and a coupe design.

The Lagonda will relaunch as a zero-emission line, according to an article by duPont Registry. Production is scheduled to begin in 2021.

The brand, which originated in Staines, England in 1906, was founded by Scottish-American Wilbur Gunn, who was born in Springfield. Gunn named his company after the Shawnee settlement of Lagonda, which is where the city exists today.

Aston Martin acquired Lagonda — which then became Aston Martin Lagonda — in 1947.