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1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon
Registration no. DLR 8J
Chassis no. DBSV8/10187/R
Engine no. V540/107

'Anyone wondering why Aston Martin bother to make their own vee-8 when so many big American ones are so cheaply available need take only one look at the performance data... for the best explanation in the world. Whatever the undisclosed output of the Aston V8, it is enough to rocket this heavy car to 60mph from rest in exactly six seconds and to 100mph in only 14.7 seconds. Much more than this, we were able to reach 138 mph from rest in a mile and on the Continent record a mean maximum speed of 161.5 mph.' - Autocar, 8 July 1971.

Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8 engine, the Aston Martin DBS first appeared 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.' Although less well known as such than the earlier 'DB' series, the DBS is yet another 'James Bond' Aston Martin, having featured in the 1969 motion picture, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby as the eponymous secret agent.

A full four-seater, 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. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out.

A desirable manual transmission model, 'DLR 8J' has enjoyed some concours success, receiving a 2nd place award at the AMOC Greenwich Concours in 1980. The car comes with a most substantial history file of MoTs and bills from the factory and recognised marque specialists dating back to 1977 together with a album of photographs, test reports, etc. Noteworthy features include suspension, wheels and tyres upgraded to Vantage specification, further enhancing this most capable of Grand Tourers, while relatively recent major works carried out include an interior re-trim by Tove Trimming (2001) and a braking system overhaul by Panelrama (2006).

Finished in dark blue with tan leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition and offered with the aforementioned history file, current MoT/tax and V5C registration document. An owner's manual, parts catalogue and workshop manual are included in the sale.