1972 Aston Martin DBS Vantage Saloon Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. DBS/5824/R Engine no. 400/4684/SVC
Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8 engine, the Aston Martin DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the beautiful DBS caused quite a stir, Autocar magazine observing that, Without the aid of an Italian stylist the Newport Pagnell team came up with something as modern, handsome and Italianate as anything from the Turin coachbuilders at that time. Although less well known as such than the earlier DB series, the DBS is yet another James Bond Aston Martin, having featured in the 1969 motion picture, On Her Majestys Secret Service, starring George Lazenby as the eponymous secret agent. A five-speed, manual transmission model, DBS/5824/R was completed by the Aston Martin factory on March 8th 1972 and sold to its first owner, London distributor H R Owen, on May 11th that same year. The car retains its original engine 400/4684/SVC, denoting the highest Vantage state of tune that offered 325bhp against the standard DBSs 282 brake horsepower (see letter on file, dated 3rd February 1993, from Aston Martin Company Historian and Archivist). Other information on file reveals that this vehicle is the fourth to last David Brown Aston Martin ever manufactured prior to the takeover by Company Developments in April 1972. DBS/5824/R comes with a comprehensive file of general servicing and other history dating from 1978 to the present day. We are advised that the suspension, steering and brakes were overhauled in 1993, while the sills and A- and B-post bases were cut out and replaced in 1998 and an engine top-end rebuild completed in December 1999. New wire wheels have been fitted and a complete bare-metal strip and repaint carried out for the current owner in October 2005, with photographic evidence on file. The vehicle comes with Swansea V5 document and current MoT/road fund licence, and is currently registered on a private plate (the original registration was JRO 240K and it may well be possible for this to be retrieved). Also included in the sale is a drivers operating handbook, workshop manual and manufacturers parts catalogue together with assorted articles pertaining to the DBS series a most useful package for the Aston Martin enthusiast.