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Lot 174 - 1969 Aston Martin DBS ‘Vantage’

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£169,800

Auction Autosport, NEC January 2015
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Lot Number 174
Reg. Number JRA 615H
Chassis Number DBS/5436/RAC
Year 1969
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Description

Aston Martin developed the DBS as an addition to their range in response to customer requests for a roomier more comfortable car, initially in tandem with their forthcoming V8 engine. However, problems with the V8 programme meant the car was launched to great acclaim at the October 1967 London Motor Show using their existing 4-litre straight-six engine. It was based on an enlarged DB6 platform chassis but used De Dion rear suspension and was clothed in a masterfully elegant shape by young English designer William Towns. Its ride and handling more than made up for the fact that it was slightly slower than the smaller DB6 it eventually supplanted and contemporary road testers proclaimed the DBS to be one of the great GTs of the era.

DBS JRA 615H was originally an automatic in white but has been totally rebuilt to his usual exacting standards by Ant Anstead and his team at Evanta Motors for Series 2 of Channel 4’s ‘For the Love of Cars’. The body/chassis unit was stripped down and blasted, before being rebuilt on a jig where any hint of corrosion was cut out and replaced. The exterior was finished in Aston Martin Olive Green as used on the DBS driven by James Bond in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ then fitted with a sumptuous new ox-blood red leather interior and carpets. The exterior appearance is finished off with new 15″ MWS wire wheels wearing period correct Pirelli Cinturato tyres.

The engine has been upgraded to a 4.2-litre in Vantage specification during its rebuild by Aston Martin experts R. S. Williams. This powerful yet flexible power unit uses glorious triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors and has been mated to a Tremec T5 manual gearbox to enhance the driving experience. The rear suspension has been upgraded with Koni dampers while the brakes have been totally renewed and fitted with modern pad materials which improve their performance without spoiling the look of the car.

Everything on this beautiful DBS has been replaced or refurbished to an exacting standard by artisans using only the best materials. Its striking colour combination and subtle Bond connections add to the appeal of what must surely be a sound investment and the finest DBS currently available. This car is awaiting its V5 document.


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