1972 Aston Martin DBS
Year of manufacture1972
Engine numberV540/015 EE
1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DBSV8/10136/LC
Engine no. V540/015 EE
"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, 8th 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 "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.
Left-hand drive chassis number '10136' was despatched new to Aston Martin Lagonda Inc in the USA and sold new to one E D Sandford of Margaretsville, New York. The accompanying guarantee form copy shows that the car was originally finished in Deep Carriage Green with natural Connolly leather interior, and that it left the factory equipped with exhaust emission control; the automatic gearbox; Coolaire air conditioning; and a Waso steering lock.
Now being offered having been on static display, the DBS V8 will naturally require recommissioning before returning to the road. Please also note the car will be subject to EU import taxes should it remain in the EU.