1969 1969 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    312
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Introduced at the October 1967 Motor Show, the DBS was the successor to the famed Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Styled in-house by William Towns, the aluminum-bodied four-seater had a sharper, more Italian look than the curvaceous DB6, but still exuded road presence and looks mighty impressive even today.

Longer, wider and more luxurious than the DB6, 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. Autocar judged it superior to the preceding DB6 in many areas, offering four full-sized seats in addition to transformed handling and road holding courtesy of the new suspension and standardised power steering.

Originally designed to accept an all-new V8 engine, this was not ready in time for the car's launch, so it was initially fitted with the legendary four litre twin-cam DB6 engine producing 282bhp at 5,500rpm via triple SU carburetors.

Offered from a deceased estate ~ this original right-hand drive, manual Aston Martin DBS was built 16/6/1969 and dispatched to Lazenby Garages in Loughbrough. It retains its original engine, gearbox and factory delivery specification. It was and still is finished in Platinum white with contrasting red leather interior.

The car was in regular use until 1978 when the owner purchased a new car and the old Aston was parked up in the garage. Untouched since, the car appears on the face of it to have survived rather well considering its 36 years of standing, with particular note being made to the interior which seems to be in very respectable, highly patinated and original order. Nevertheless the whole car is in need of a ground up restoration.

The brakes have been removed to allow the car to roll freely but the mechanical condition of the car is unknown. However, one would assume after standing for such a long period that the whole car would need a complete rebuild.

Offered with a current V5C and a heritage certificate, this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a fast appreciating Aston Martin. Prime for a restoration to retain its originality or a rebuild to your own specification - the choice is yours.