Chassis Number: DBS/5136/R
Engine Number: 400/3695/S
UK Registration Number: TBA
Date of first reg: 2nd October 1968
Exterior colour: Dark Blue
Interior colour: Natural Leather
Current Odometer reading: 84,500
Options: Chrome wire wheels, Limited Slip Differential
First shown in September 1967, the DBS was styled by William Towns who had joined the company a year earlier. A development of the DB6, the DBS was initially conceived as a limited production fast two seater and prepared to accommodate the new V8 engine designed by Tadek Marek which had been raced in experimental form in The Lola Aston Martin. To accommodate the width of a V8 engine the steel platform chassis of the DB6 was increased in width by 4 1/2" and the wheel base lengthened by 1” to allow the engine to be lowered behind the front cross member. Although wider than a DB6 by 6” it is both lower by 1 ¼” and Shorter by 1 ½”, which gives the car a powerful compact appearance.
The standard engine produced 282 b.h.p. whilst 325 b.h.p. was claimed for the Vantage. A de Dion rear axle was fitted with a limited slip differential. The model was in production from October 1967 to May 1972, during which time 787 cars were produced.
Almost all manufacturers take their models through a process of development and improvement and the DBS is no exception. As a result, there was a continuous process of development and change throughout the production of the DBS, the most noticeable changes being the deeper spoilers fitted to the later cars and improved ventilation.
The ‘four headlight’ DBS has become highly valued and evocative of the seventies. A manual car such as is one of the most sought-after versions, appreciated as both collectible and eminently useable on an everyday basis. With its predecessors, the DB4, DB5, and DB6, still commanding huge premiums on the current value of a DBS for cars of similar condition, this represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a six-cylinder Aston Martin from the hand-built era of the marque.
She is a great car hoping for an owner who will use her for the purpose she was built – to be driven and enjoyed.
This is a car with a quite extraordinary history – it appears to have spent over half its life in various forms of storage.
We have little record of its early life, the first we know of the car was when it was acquired in 1992 when it had been standing in a barn for 10 years, with the engine head off, awaiting attention. It was not bought for the Aston Martin heritage but the rather more prosaic reason of a fine registration number.
The car a very early car it has certain unique features lost in later production such as the wood panel dash and the 'three flutes' behind the rear windows, both of which make the car more attractive than the later cars. It was sent to a restorer in Hailsham in East Sussex where the car was dismantled but they never got round to the job of re-assembly although the engine appeared to be in one piece.>p>It was fully eight years later that, at the owner’s request, Aston Martin Specialists, Newlands Motors, collected the car from Hailsham in late 2000 and set about restoring the car. They fully expected to have to work on the engine, but running it up after re-assembly, the pressures and all functions were 100%.
There was a brief couple of years of intermittent usage before the car was returned to storage for another 4 years until the current owner asked Newlands Motors to recommission the car which resulted in an invoice value of nearly £8,500.
It was in 2010 that Byron International were asked to market the car on behalf of the owner and she found a new home with an Aston enthusiast in France. And there she has remained for the past 10 years, enjoyed and used very sparingly. Making the decision to part company with the car did not stop the owner in ensuring the mechanicals were in top condition, replacing gaskets and servicing the car as late as December last year.
21.12.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Remove/refit pads, replace washer pump, fit fan cowling, attend to instruments / wiring, replace starter motor, general preparation work and present for MOT
24.01.01- Mileage: 80,907- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Strip doors, fit seals and chrome strips, replace shock absorbers, attend to broken choke cable and remove / replace cylinder head
04.07.01- Mileage: 80,909- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Finish off dash, bypass heater, clean down engine, remove front engine cover & oil pump, machine oil pump casing and refit, remove and repair water pump, remove rear springs and bump stops, fit 1” spacers, refit and road test
20.12.01- Mileage: 81,768- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Remove rev counter & speedo cable & send off for repair/replacement. Remove clutch/flywheel, adjust passenger door, rewire fuel pump, fit boot springs, refit rev counter & speedo cable, rewire rear lamps, refit clutch, flywheel and gearbox, refit interior and re-colour leather as necessary
08.08.02- Mileage: 82,233- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Strip passenger door lock assembly, repair and refit, tighten battery terminals, replace wiper motor, replace gearbox mounting and 4 road springs.
28.04.10- Mileage: 83,220- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Remove centre console, replace de Dion tube, pre-MOT check, rectify lights and washers, repair fuse box. Fit starter and solenoid, clean underside and underseal. Fit bumpers, spot lamps, steam clean engine bay and paint inner wings.
20.10.10- Mileage: 83,226- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Road Test & Report for prospective purchaser
20.12.10- Mileage: 83,280- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Work as per inspection report – ignition lock and barrel, repairs/paintwork to front wing, shock absorber link, alternator, 2 x door mirrors, wiper motor, headlamps, rotor arm, fuse box, transmitter, belts battery, heater valve and thermostat
06.01.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Parts only: Wheel nut hammer and jack.
07.01.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Replace interior light switch
10.01.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Workshop
Parts only: Cover & calendar
10.10.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Parts only: Switch, gaskets
10.04.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: D.P.A.N Sarl
Parts only 15mm x 1 metre hose
06.06.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Sieges Andre Kuster et Fils
Refurbishment of two leather seats
31.10.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Parts and post to France: Bonnet switch, door lamps, switches, repaired wiper motor
04.01.13- Mileage: n/a,- Service Agent: Conrad
Parts only: bulbs
28.04.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Classic Auto Radio
Parts only: universal speaker with mounting plate
18.08.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams
Parts only: Interior lamp door post switch
30.11.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ed Bilz
Installation and fixing of circuit breaker, repair and service of handbrake warning light and brake fluid level, fix electric aerial, replace switch, change oil & filter, modify fan
06.11.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Workshop
Parts only: Oil filter element, air filter element.
12.12.19- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Pilesbatteries.com
Parts only: new battery
15.01.20- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Sieges Andre Kuster et Fils
Repair of both front seats using leather Sofic Melbourne express col: 006221
01.07.20- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams
Parts only: Horn/lamp relay
26.08.20- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Holden Vintage & Classic
Parts only: Screw type bulbs, 2.2 W bulbs, Voltage regulator for Lucas alternator, Lucas relay, flasher unit
15.09.20- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AES
Parts only bulbs
21.09.20- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AES
Parts only: Warning lamp control relay
05.02.21- Mileage: 84,500- Service Agent: Vantage Engineering
Preparation for display incl. 2 x tyres, attention to hubs and handbrake and pad