1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. DBSV8/10314/R Engine no. V540/283
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 full four-seater, 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. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Purchased by the current vendor in July 1994, this automatic transmission DBS V8 was previously owned (from September 1976 to January 1990) by one Remo Emilio Losi, of London W2. The car spent much of the 1980s laid up and the odometer currently displays a total of only 53,000-or-so miles, which is confirmed as genuine by 18 expired MoTs on file. In addition, the car comes with full service history for the period 1994 to the present, all maintenance and servicing from 1996 onwards having been carried out by Aston Engineering in Derby. Work undertaken has included a major engine rebuild, brakes/driveline overhaul, bodywork renovation and a repaint (see invoices on file). Finished in Midnight Blue with tan leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition and offered with the aforementioned service invoices, 12 old tax discs, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 and fresh MoT. (It should be noted that the current registration mark 33 GOT is being retained by the vendor).