We have for sale an early 1968 Pacific Blue DBS Auto with Grey leather interior. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a tidy, complete and highly original car.
The DBS is undeniably a ‘style statement’ and is becoming more and more sought after as a result. As quintessentially British as a Saville Row suit or a shotgun from James Purdy & Sons, this icon of the late 60’s has a sophistication and quality that could only come from Aston Martin.
This classic, hand crafted Aston Martin has a recorded mileage of 63120 and a colour combination which is incredibly evocative of the period to which it belongs. Whilst never appearing brash or outlandish there is no denying the sheer presence of the DBS, a fact to which any owner will readily testify - A pleasure to own and drive.
This particular car also comes with a substantial history, having been for many years the property of an Aston Martin Owners Club member. It has a long AMOC Concours history and was a regular prizewinner up until the early 1990s.
Aston Martin introduced the DBS as a replacement for the DB6, in 1968. Designed from the outset to be powered by Aston Martin’s own V8, early engine development problems meant that the DBS was first announced with a 4 litre 6 cylinder, as fitted to the current production DB6. Widely acclaimed, there were a total of 828 built between 1967 and 1972.
The DBS became available in late 1967, though series production commenced in quantity from 1968. The DBS was designed from the outset to carry 4 adults with luggage at speed and in considerable comfort and style. While carrying over many features from the DB6, the DBS came with independent rear suspension, using a De Dion rear axle arrangement inboard rear disc brakes, but carried over the front suspension with up rated springs and dampers from the DB6. Brakes were ventilated discs front and rear to reflect the 140 mph performance for which the car was designed.
The engine was identical to the engine currently fitted to the DB6 and came with the same gearbox and final drive ratio.
The styling of the car was a complete departure from the Touring design of the DB4, 5 and 6. Styled by William Towns, it was shortened but considerably wider at 6ft. The platform chassis was essentially re-dimensioned to suit the new V8, which was launched in 1969 and produced as from 1970. It was built in the same way as its sister model, the DB6, with its outer aluminium shell, hand formed and clenched around a similar steel sub structure.
While sharing most mechanic features of the DB6, the DBS came with 4 wheel independent suspension, with a rear De Dion type suspension. It endowed the car with notably more comfortable ride and improved handling. The all wheel disc brakes included inboard rear discs, a departure from all previous practice with production cars.
Surviving original DBS are now far and few between, and complete, original cars such as this are becoming rare and difficult to find.
The car will be offered for sale with a FULL SERVICE and MOT included.
This is a good car with an attractive history and in an excellent colour combination - Viewing highly recommended.