1968 Aston Martin DBS Series I
Chassis no. DBS/5200/LAC
Engine no. 400/3823/S
3,995cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Stromberg Carburetors
282bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Rare factory delivered left hand drive example with 5-speed ZF and air conditioning
*Matching numbers example
*Award winning, beautifully presented example
*The last Aston Martin under Sir David Brown's leadership
*Offered with restoration receipts, Heritage Trust Certificate, owners manual and tools
The Aston Martin DBS
Introduced in 1967, the new DBS was the successor to the DB6 it represented a new, very modern look for Aston Martin. Styled in-house by William '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."
The DBS was wider and had a lower profile than its predecessor, giving a more aggressive look and offering more cabin space. The engine was placed further back in the chassis, behind the front axle, resulting in an almost 50/50 weight ratio. Using a de Dion rear axle, the DBS exhibited excellent handling characteristics.
The interior was as usual luxuriously appointed with the finest Connolly hides available in best Aston Martin fashion. James Bond approved as well, using a DBS as his motorcar of choice in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and again in the next Bond film Diamonds are Forever where a DBS sits in Q's famous workshop getting prepared for action. A superb expression of the automotive design its era, the Aston Martin DBS has become an icon of the marque, and also marks the last model produced under Sir David Brown's leadership at Aston Martin.
The Motorcar Offered
From the first series of DBS production, this example is representative of the clean and simple design of these early cars. Built in December 1968, this DBS was a left-hand-drive example optioned with the 5-speed ZF manual transmission, air conditioning, power steering, two lap belts, dual Fiamm horns, Avon tires and a Bosch New Yorker radio. It was finished in Midnight Blue over a dark blue interior, and destined for the US market.
Delivered new to Blalack Wells Associates, a San Marino, California based dealer, the car is believed to have remained in California until today. The DBS was acquired by Long Beach resident Peter Allan in the mid-1980s and remained in his ownership until purchased by the consignor. The many restoration and service receipts in the accompanying history file attests to an engine rebuild and replacement of the clutch in 1996 by British Motor Service in Orange, California, and then later in the 2000s the car received a full cosmetic refurbishment, including new seat upholstery and a bare metal repaint in single stage lacquer, Upon close inspection it is immediately evident that this car has been cared through the years, as one will find straight shut lines, a very dry and still original factory finish underneath and the original brightwork still in very nice shape.
Having toured the Southern California show circuit, the car has amassed many awards at prominent shows such as the Dana Point and Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance events. The history file includes the aforementioned receipts, a Heritage Trust Certificate, tools and an owners manual. One of very few Series I cars delivered with left hand drive, a 5-speed gearbox and air conditioning, this exceptionally well presented DBS is an opportunity not to be missed.