Aston Martin is one of the most famous brands in auto history. It was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in 1913 but got real famous when tractor maker David Brown bought the company. During David Brown’s tenure, the company created some of its most famous models, all bearing his initials, starting with the DB2 and culminating with the fabulous DBS.
Aston Martin’s fame was only further heightened by the adoption of the marque into the James Bond movie franchise. First with Sean Connery’s stint as Britain’s favorite spy, driving a wonderfully modified DB5, bristling with weapons and gadgets and then in 1969, with the only one-time Bond actor, George Lazenby, for Bond’s sixth outing in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, driving the latest offering from Aston Martin, the DBS. In the Bond film ‘Diamonds are Forever’ a DBS sits in Q’s famous workshop getting prepared for action.
The Aston Martin DBS was introduced in 1967, the new DBS was the successor to the DB6 – it represented a new, very modern look for Aston Martin.
The William Towns-designed DBS created quite a stir, as it represented such a radical departure from the familiar Touring bodied Astons that had been in production since 1958.
The interior was as usual luxuriously appointed with the finest Connolly hides available in best Aston Martin fashion.
A superb expression of the automotive design off its era, the Aston Martin DBS has become an icon of the marque, and also marks the last model produced under Sir David Brown’s leadership at Aston Martin.
The DBS was intended as the successor to the Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years.
The DBS was intended to have a more “modern” look than the previous series of Aston models (the DB4 through DB6), and it incorporated a fastback style rear end and squared off front grille, atypical of Astons at the time, but very much then in vogue in automotive design circles of the late sixties. Trademark Aston design features, such as a bonnet scoop, knock off wire wheels, and side air vents with stainless steel brightwork were however retained.
The DBS was wider and had a lower profile than its predecessor, giving a more aggressive look and offering more cabin space. The engine was placed further back in the chassis, behind the front axle, resulting in an almost 50/50 weight ratio. Using a de Dion rear axle, the DBS exhibited excellent handling characteristics.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
From the first series of DBS production, this example is representative of the clean and simple design of these early cars. It is 1 of only 787 examples of the first series with the desirable 6 cylinder engine built.
The Aston Martin was newly sold in the United Kingdom. It was delivered via a dealer in London to it’s firs owner. If we follow the invoices and information from the history file we can conclude that the car had approximately 2 owners.
The Aston changed hands in the late 80’s to a gentlemen called Mr. Trill. Mr Trill owned the Aston for a very long time and sold it to a Dutch collector in 2010 or 2011.
The Dutch collector spend quite some money on the car.
Although the body was in a nice condition, the gentlemen decided to bring the Aston to a Dutch classic car respray specialist where it was completely resprayed for an amount of approximately € 10.000,- excluding VAT.
The history file of the Aston includes about 50 invoices (mainly issued by marque specialists) the Certificate of the Factory Record by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Owner Service Book, Instruction Book, Stereo instruction book, Magazine articles from Autocar 1967, Classic And Sports Car 2005, Classic And Sports Car 2007, Practical Classics 2008.
A special feature on this Aston is the matching numbers engine. One can find the original number on the block which is very rare because the engines of the DBS have been very often used by owners of DB4, DB5 and DB6’s.
Therefore it is incredibly unique to find an Aston Martin DBS whereby the engine shows the correct number.
The body of the Aston is in a nice condition. The paint job has been properly done and the color suits the Aston very well.
The chrome show some nice patina. One can see that the chrome is still completely original and here and there one can find very light pitting or a small change of color in the chrome.
The body is very straight and has a very nice panel fit, particularly the doors which are mainly hanging in a DBS.
The aluminium parts which are on the Aston Martin are also nicely polished and the car is ready to be used.
The interior is in a fantastic original condition. If we look at the interior we might assume that this Aston Martin has driven only 69.000 miles since new.
Everything inside the Aston looks extremely nice and original. We only replaced a front carpet by a period correct new carpet because it took down the overall condition of the Aston Martin.
The seats are absolutely amazing and still covered with the original leather. A wonderful feature because they are mainly replaced with new/incorrect leather.
The dashboard is also completely original and in a beautiful condition.
All the meters and gauges are properly working.
The Aston is a pleasure to drive. Last September, the former owner took the Aston from Holland to Goodwood and back and the Aston performed extremely well and did not gave any problem.
The engine is well-tuned, the 5-speed gearbox shifts well, and the clutch grabs positively. The chassis and suspension are tight and the car has the wonderfully entertaining, nimble, and balanced feel of a properly sorted DBS. The brakes work as they should, and there is a pleasing coherence to the entire driving experience that reminds the driver why these cars are so sought after.