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Lot 085: Aston Martin DBS Automatic

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Introduced at the October 1967 Motor Show, the DBS was the successor to the famed Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Styled in-house by William Towns, the aluminium-bodied four-seater had a sharper, more Italianate look than the curvaceous DB6 but still exuded class and sheer road presence. Longer, wider and more luxurious than the DB6, the DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Autocar judged it superior to the preceding DB6 in many areas, offering four full-sized seats in addition to transformed handling and roadholding courtesy of the new suspension and standardised power steering. Originally designed to accept an all-new V8 engine, this was not ready in time for the car's launch so it was fitted with the superb four-litre DB6 engine instead. As with the latter, the twin-cam engine was available in standard or Vantage tune - the former producing 282bhp at 5,500rpm via triple SU carburettors, the latter 325bhp at 5,750rpm with triple Webers and hotter cams. A five-speed ZF gearbox was standard with three-speed automatic transmission optional as was Brico fuel injection. Performance was not quite as rapid as the DB6, the new car carrying extra weight, but the DBS was still no slouch: in its road test of a DBS Vantage, Motor recorded 141mph with 0-60 and 0l00mph reached in 7.1 and 18.0 seconds respectively. Production of the DBS stretched between September 1967 and April 1972 during which time just 787 examples were made, making it much rarer than the DB6 (of which 1,967 were produced). Continuing Aston's famed 007 connections, the DBS was used by George Lazenby's James Bond in the 1969 film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. However, prices are nowhere near as stratospheric as the DB6 (yet) and these quick and handsome cars look excellent value today. The vendor states that: This car is a very late 1972 model with an automatic gearbox and three SU carburettors. I have owned it for the last six years, during which time the petrol pumps, carburettors, suspension and braking system have been completely rebuilt. The engine bay has received a lot of cosmetic attention. The engine itself has been checked over and found to be giving very satisfactory oil pressure (around 80psi) and burns no oil. It may well have been rebuilt at some stage but I cannot supply any evidence for this. The car has had a recent service and oil change and some bills are available. The speedo indicates that it has covered just under 77,000 miles and I believe this to be genuine. We have converted the electrical system to negative earth, with a new alternator, and the electrics have been thoroughly checked. Four new chrome wire wheels and new Avon tyres were fitted by me less than 2,000 miles ago, costing some 2,000. The bodywork was rust-proofed when the car was resprayed about eight years ago. The sills have been checked and found to be free of corrosion and were probably replaced at the time of the repaint. New carpets have been fitted and the leather is in quite good condition although there is some wear to the front seats. The car is also fitted with an electric metal sunroof. "Currently taxed and MOTd until November, the car drives very well, is extremely comfortable and has recently completed two trips to France with no problems. It comes with a workshop manual, an article from Classic Cars magazine entitled 'Aston Martin Legendary 6-cylinder engines' and some bills and history.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number085
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£19000
Condition rating
Registration numberHGF 425K
Chassis numberDBS5802R4
Engine number4004896S
Engine capacity (cc)3995
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors