1969 Aston Martin DBS
Year of manufacture1969
Exterior brand colourother
-Dubonnet Red with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, 4.0 Liter 6-cylinder engine, 5-speed ZF transmission, 73,000 original miles, Matching Numbers, Original colors, Rare original Left-Hand Drive and 5-speed gearbox, Long-term ownership, Well serviced, Air conditioning.
This DBS was manufactured February 7, 1969 and delivered to Aston Martin Sales, Inc., the factory showroom on 52nd Street in New York City. As a North American export, this DBS is rare as only 181 of the 787 total DBS production were produced in Left-Hand Drive. For further rarity, this DBS was optioned with the ZF 5-speed manual gearbox as well as air conditioning, power windows, power assisted steering, Fiamm horns, rear lapbelts, headrests and radio.
After initial use in Pennsylvania, this DBS was sold to Texas with documented ownerships by Maretta Oil Company, Honda of Midland, Larry Hertwell, and then residing with its long-term caretaker, Mr. P.E. Ridley of Mesquite, Texas. Mr. Ridley took exceptional care of this DBS for over 30 years keeping records of all servicing. A full engine-out rebuild was carried out in 2006-2008 by Richard Wright of Dallas, TX. The engine was uprated at this time to Weber carbs - Vantage higher horsepower specification.
Over the past ten years, this DBS has been further exceptionally maintained regardless of use and received mechanical refreshening to all systems including fuel, ignition, electrical, braking and air conditioning. The DBS' lower boxed rockers were recently replaced as preventative maintenance. A recent engine compression test was performed with excellent results.
In March of 2021, the DBS returned to Autosport Designs where the following service, maintenance and restoration have been performed: The suspension was updated with a Harvey Bailey handling kit, Telescopic Koni rear shock conversion, New front shocks, Tie-rods, Ball joints, Upper and lower control arm bushings and brake reaction mounts, 5 new wire wheels and new tires were installed and the car was corner balanced and aligned. The steering rack and power steering systems were removed and fully serviced. A full service maintenance to include all filters and fluids as well as spark plugs has been performed. The water pump was replaced, the radiator was rebuild and recored and new belts were installed. Additionally new door and door glass seals were installed, the DBS received a new Moto-Lita wood steering wheel, passenger side mirror period chrome mirror, Cibie yellow fog lights were supplied and installed and finally and to make sure occupants are kept comfortable, the AC system was serviced throughout.
Currently, all systems are working as they should and as originally intended by the factory when delivered new. Available with complete documentation and ownership history from new, factory books, tools, service records, factory build sheet and BMIHT Certificate. This DBS is most certainly one of the finest cared for examples of its type offered in today's market.