1970 Aston Martin DBS Vantage Sports Saloon Registration no. 777 GLR Chassis no. DBS/5556/R Engine no. 400/4464/SVC
The current vendor, an AMOC member, acquired this DBS Vantage in 1978, the Aston replacing his 3½-Litre Bentley. The DBS has served him very well over the years, being used for several long continental trips. Triple SU carburettors have replaced the original Webers, and other tuning modifications made, the result being a fuel consumption of 23.8mpg over these lengthy journeys and improved flexibility when dense traffic was encountered. It also has Lumenition ignition, this being arguably the most accurate and reliable electronic system available. Period 'extras' include a Halda Speed Pilot; Aston Martin centre armrest with storage compartment (not normally fitted); a then top-of-the-range Phillips AM/FM radio/cassette player with fitted microphone; four loudspeakers; and an electric aerial!
It also has a very good heater and there are Windtone horns for town, air horns for the motorway. Other noteworthy features include the later optional wiper control with adjustable interval delay; a flexibly mounted reading light over the rear seats; inertia reel seat belts; optional Lucas Square 8 under-bumper fog and spot lights; and a full stainless steel exhaust system. Some years ago the vendor fitted a special set of matched suspension springs giving a slightly lower ride height and better stability in cruising conditions and cross winds.
While in the vendor's care the Aston has never been left outside in rain or bad weather, enjoying a warm safe garage. Finished in Crystal Blue with matching leather trim, the car is not in top concours condition but its blemishes are very slight and it has won many awards in local shows, always attracting appreciative attention.
It stands on correct Avon tyres with at least 50% life remaining, while the five wire wheels could be described as undamaged, true and with reasonable chrome. In the last three months both front brake callipers have been overhauled and fitted with six new pistons and seals together with new discs and pads. '777 GLR' comes with an 'Aston Martin' fitted car cover and there is also a modern battery trickle charger in the boot. Boxed up, a quantity of useful spares and parts is included in the sale.
This DBS featured in the AMOC magazine a few years ago and is only being sold because the vendor, now in his 80s, is no longer on the best of health. Described as in generally very good/excellent condition, the car is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5. It should be noted that although the odometer reads 39,627 miles, the actual distance covered is around 84,000 miles, indicating a change of speedometer at some time.