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Lot 138: 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8
October 29, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8
Reg. Number: UK Registered
Chassis Number: DBSV8/10165/RCA
Make: Aston Martin
The DBS was intended as the successor to the Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Powered by a straight-six engine, it was produced from 1967 until 1972, eventually being phased out in favour of the Aston Martin V8. It was a larger coupé than the DB6, with four full sized seats, but was powered by the same 4.0 L engine as the previous car. Claimed engine output was 282 bhp, but a no-cost vantage engine option used Italian made Weber carburettors, increasing output to an advertised 325 bhp.
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 the last Aston Martin to be built under David Brown’s control.
In September 1969, the DBS was made available with a 5340cc V8 engine, this variant being known as the DBS V8. At the time, it was the fastest four-seater production car in the world. The new model was fitted with light alloy wheels (as opposed to wire wheels on the DBS) and ventilated brake discs. Automatic transmission was offered as an alternative to the ZF 5 speed manual gearbox. The DBS V8 was produced until May 1972, after which it was given a single headlamp front end and was renamed simply the Aston Martin V8.
This stunning, original right hand drive example, is presented in Burgundy with cream leather which is a superb colour combination. It is offered with automatic transmission and comes with an Aston Martin Heritage certificate.
The first owner of this particular car was the Green Shield Stamp company and then it was purchased by one of the Managing Director of the same firm – this car has had only three owners from new, making it very desirable. There has been a considerable amount of recent expenditure on the car, bills for which can be seen on file. These extremely quick sports cars were the envy of the world when they appeared on the scene and today these models are highly sought after and collectable. Its paintwork and interior are in good condition. A great opportunity to own a classic from one of Britain’s finest marques with a thundering V8 under the bonnet.