|Aston Martin Vantage |
Bonhams - 3 Dec 2012 Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia Weybridge, Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands
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|Price estimate: ||18.129 - 22.661 USD|
|Although the Aston Martin DBS was always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8 engine, when it first appeared in October 1967 the car was fitted with the 4.0-litre 'six' of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the beautiful DBS caused quite a stir, Autocar magazine observing that, 'Without the aid of an Italian stylist the Newport Pagnell team came up with something as modern, handsome and Italianate as anything from the Turin coachbuilders at that time.'|
After Sir David Brown's departure in 1972, DBS production continued under new owners, Company Developments. The car was restyled with a two-headlamp front end but mechanically remained much as before, while for a brief period the six-cylinder engine continued to be offered alongside the new V8. The six-cylinder DBS was renamed 'Vantage', a departure from traditional practice as the term had hitherto been used to denote the high-performance engine option. To further confuse matters, all but two Vantages ('6067' and '6068') had the 'SVC' Vantage high-performance engine. Only 70 of these six-cylinder Vantages were produced between May 1972 and July 1973, making the model one of the rarer of post-war Aston Martins.
The fifth Vantage produced, 'AM/6005/RA' was sold new via Sawbridge Park Motors Ltd on 15th September 1972, leaving the factory finished in Raven Black and equipped with automatic transmission. Previously registered 'TNR 350L' (according to the AMOC Register), the car subsequently was converted to manual transmission and re-sprayed in blue metallic. The Vantage is currently registered in France and last visited Aston Martin Works Service in 2006 with its current owner, who advises us that the engine is now seized, the rear bodywork damaged and the chassis in need of repair. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with French Carte Grise.
Sold on the 19.05.2012