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Autumn Motoring Online / 1970 Aston Martin DBS Saloon Chassis no. DBS/5646/LC Engine no. V540/281
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"Outstanding among the first impressions of this exciting new Aston DBS is that it is really new and owes nothing in appearance to the succession of previous models. Even so, it is still an Aston and can be recognised as one on the road." – Autocar, 28th September 1967.
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 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.'
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. Autosport's John Bolster reckoned that the DBS's suspension represented the biggest step forward: "... there is a marked absence of road noise on every sought of surface. The roadholding is remarkable, the big car feeling beautifully balanced, and the special Avon low-profile tyres give a splendid ride."
Larger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but the Vantage 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 seats in addition to transformed handling and roadholding courtesy of the new rear suspension and standardised power steering.
Like Aston Martins before and since, the DBS has 'James Bond' movie associations, having featured in both On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
One of only 177 DBS models built in left-hand drive configuration, '5646/LC' was first owned by one Thomas A Arnold, whose address is given as 'c/o Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia'. The car was marked for 'home delivery' and registered in the UK as 'CMD 238H' (possibly 'OMD 238H'). Built to USA specification, '5646/LC' left the factory with the standard six-cylinder engine installed and since then has been fitted with a V8 engine from the successor DBS V8 model. The accompanying guarantee form copy shows that the DBS was originally finished in Aquamarine with dark blue Connolly leather interior, and that it left the factory equipped with the following items of non-standard equipment:
Borg Warner automatic transmission; air conditioning; exhaust emission control; two rear lap belts; two headrests; two Lucas quartz iodine fog lamps; Waso steering lock; Fiamm horns
Registered in Spain at the time, the DBS was offered for sale in 2008 and advertised as having been professionally restored in 2006/2007 by Aston Professional and fitted with Ronal wheels and a wooden interior upgrade. A Bosch fuel-injected unit, the V8 engine was fitted in 2008, a modern ZF four-speed automatic transmission being installed at the same time.
The current vendor purchased the DBS via Michael Olu Brinkert in May 2008. The purchase invoice is on file and the car also comes with copies of its former Spanish registration papers and numerous invoices from renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd, including one for upgrading the front brakes to ventilated discs and V8-specification callipers and pads. Nowadays, the car is finished in metallic red paint assorted to a black hood and a black interior. Please note this motor car will be sold with a copy of an old Spanish title, different invoices from 2002 and 2003, and a purchase invoice from 2008.
Please note this motor car is subject to import tax if remaining in the EU and, as it has been on static display for a number of years, will require recommissioning for road use.