1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon Registration no. HDA 925J Chassis no. DBSV8/10131/R Engine no. V/540/138
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 Majesty's 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. First registered on 23rd February 1971, this manual transmission DBS V8 was purchased by the current vendor in March 1996 from one Robert James, of Dudley, who had acquired it from a John Sands, of Boston in 1981, at which time it was registered '40 DAR'. There are no documents with the car but there are photographs on file of a 'glass out' repaint together with other photographs and bills relating to work on the sills (1992) as well as a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates. A total of 62,246 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.