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 aluminium-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 carburettors.
This original right hand drive example is presented in excellent overall condition. It was owned by a Barrister in New Zealand, imported to the UK in December 2014. The body has most recently been the subject of a bare metal re-spray by marque specialists, the interior has also been re-trimmed and new carpets fitted by one of the UK’s finest award winning trimmers.
Mechanically, having covered just 39,000 miles, the V8 engine has been overhauled and performs as it should, as does the manual transmission. This DBS has been well maintained throughout its life and is supported with a large history file with various bills and receipts. An exceptional example of a DBS and offered with a sensible reserve.