The second time an Aston Martin starred in the James Bond film series, a DBS had a starring role in the 1969 George Lazenby movie ‘On her Majesty’s Secret Service’. This was a one off Bond appearance for both actor and car, and it was to be another 18 years before 007 would drive an Aston Martin again.
Although the DBS was always intended to house the new Tadek Marek designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4 litre straight six . The design team was in house and led by Bill Towns. The car used a platform chassis with independent suspension all round, wish bones coil sprung at the front and De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the car fell short for some on account of compromised performance due to extra weight! However, with the introduction of the V8 in 1969, with an estimated 345 bhp on tap from the fuel injected 5,340 cc quad Cam engine, this DBS V8 could accelerate to 100 mph in under 14 seconds and on to 160 mph. Quite a staggering performance from 1969. These figures are compromised slightly by auto transmission, but never the less offer super performance from an iconic and fast appreciating late 60’s Aston.
Chassis number DBSV8/10053/R is a matching numbers car built as one of the first RHD home market cars, despatched from the factory on 28. August 1970 and delivered to the first owner in London.
The car, having been repainted in the fetching Aston Martin Dubonnet Rosso and the interior beautifully re-trimmed recently in Fawn is a joy to behold.
Original colours were Fawn trim, Charcoal Grey Carpet with Aegean Blue exterior.
The car presents in super condition, unmarked chrome complimenting near perfect paintwork. The car has spent some recent years in Australia and this reflects in the excellent condition.
Servicing and maintenance have been regular and always via Marque specialists, and with a comprehensive history file, this is a very well kept and fully sorted car indeed. Extensive mechanical restoration work took place during 2013 with David R Lowe in Victoria, Australia, prior to the car being shipped back to Europe.
The car will be supplied registered to the buyers country of choice and with a fresh UK 12 x month MOT.
The car is also offered for sale with a full 5 speed manual gearbox conversion – we suggest using the period correct ZF unit and retaining the original auto box with the car (pricing for this available on request).
The Aston Marque has seen very strong financial returns for many models in recent years, with most recently the DB6 prices really moving . The DBS V8 is hotly tipped to be now following suit, so for anyone wanting to get an early RHD car in outstanding condition, chances such as this are few and far between.
We welcome viewings at our premises here in Suffolk at anytime via an appointment so please do not hesitate to contact us. Overseas visitors are most welcome and can be collected from all London airports with accommodation arranged. Should a classic or competition car be available for part exchange, we would also have no hesitation in sharing details.
Shipping and Delivery
Worldwide delivery of the car can be facilitated with ease. If in mainland Europe, Phil as always will be delighted to deliver the car personally via a covered trailer. Beyond Europe, International shipping can be easily arranged too.