Aston Martin had always planned that the DBS of 1967 would be powered by the company’s new V8 engine, first seen in 5-litre form in the works Lola-Aston Martin sports-racing cars. Production problems, however, intervened and the DBS used the 4-litre, twin overhead camshaft, straight six of the concurrently produced DB6. It was not until September 1967, that the DBS V8 was finally announced with production commencing the following April. With its platform chassis and independent suspension – coil spring/wishbone front, de Dion tube rear with Watt linkage and twin radius arms – the fine handling DBS was a perfect home for Tadek Marek’s all-alloy V8.
Boasting four overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, the 5,340cc V8 produced an impressive 320bhp at 5,000rpm; the resultant 160mph plus performance was nothing short of sensational in 1970. After David Brown sold Aston Martin in February 1972, the DBS V8 was replaced by the Series II model, now simply called the Aston Martin V8. Gone were the four headlamps and slatted grille and in their place was a black mesh grille flanked by single headlamps. The major mechanical changes were limited to electronic ignition and standard air conditioning.
One of only 967 examples built between 1973 and 1978, this stunning example is recognisable by its twin headlights, black grille and the pronounced air intake on the bonnet. We are pleased to note this stunning Aston is fitted with its original 310hp V8 and automatic gearbox, which when combined make for very nicely driving GT car.
Finished in a striking combination of Navy Blue metallic with a contrasting grey leather interior, and offered with Dutch title papers, original owner’s manual and history file, this is a beautiful thoroughbred GT car which offers strong investment potential for the future.