1975 Aston Martin DBS 6 Vantage Saloon Registration no. AGO 63G Chassis no. DBS/5382/R Engine no. 400/4237/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 William Towns, the new-look 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 1960 Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby as 007. Beneath its shapely exterior, 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. Larger and more luxurious appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance even with 282bhp base engine, but the 325bhp Vantage engined version's top speed of 140mph and a standing quarter-mile time of 16.3 seconds were highly respectable figures nonetheless. Assessing the virtues of Aston's new flagship, Autocar judged it superior to the DB6 in many areas, the bigger DBS offering four full-sized sears in addition to transformed handling and roadholding courtesy of the new rear suspension and standardised power steering. "Turning to matters other than performance, we really were most tremendously impressed by the DBS," enthused Car magazine, "The interior, especially merits praise not only for its uniquely satisfying aesthetics and superb finish (way, way ahead of any Italian rival in this respect) but also for the thought that has gone into the ergonomics of the its layout." This original factory Vantage with ZF 5-speed manual gearbox was first supplied to a customer in Aberdeen in July 1969, returning to the south of England and a new owner in 1993, where it remained in the hands of the same family until 2009. During the 1990s the right-hand drive car underwent a complete restoration by the Aston Martin specialist Ken Shergold - bills from this period recording a full body-off and chassis rebuild, suspension overhaul, brake rebuild, full engine strip down and rebuild amount to over £53,000. During the 20,000 miles since this work was undertaken, the vendor advises us that the car has always benefited from proper and careful maintenance. A comprehensive history file containing factory bills from the 1970s as well as the restoration bills, already referred to, charts continuous history to the present day. A photo album recording the body-off rebuild, an original workshop manual, the correct owner's instruction book and a rare sales brochure for the DBS are also included along with two sets of keys. Finished in the original colour combination of Goodwood Green with tan leather, this Vantage manual is in the ultimate mechanical specification for a 6 cylinder DBS.
The year of manufacture for this vehicle is 1969, not 1975 as catalogued.