1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon  Chassis no. DBS/5322 Engine no. 400/3962/S

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Lot 390
1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon
Registration no. HUM 197G Chassis no. DBS/5322 Engine no. 400/3962/S

Sold for £ 11,270 (US$ 13,559) inc. premium
1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon
Registration no. HUM 197G
Chassis no. DBS/5322
Engine no. 400/3962/S

Footnotes

  • 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.”
    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 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.
    In the current owner’s hands since March 1998, this well maintained DBS was kept in storage from 2003 to 2006. Now re-commissioned for the road, the car is offered with a quantity of maintenance records comprising invoices from Aston Martin specialists for work carried out to keep it in good condition, including a replacement gearbox, suspension rebuild, etc. All invoices are dated, with mileage recorded, while the accompanying 22 expired MoTs record the 1977 mileage as 33,089 and confirm the present recorded total of 54,000-or-so as correct. Also included in the history file are details of previous registrations and owners, the first being the Frazer Label Company of Lavender Hill, London, which acquired the vehicle on 2nd April 1969. Chromed wire wheels and a stainless-steel exhaust system are the only listed deviations from factory specification.
    An automatic transmission model finished in red with black interior, the car is offered with the aforementioned history file, MoT to November 2007 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon  Chassis no. DBS/5322 Engine no. 400/3962/S
1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon  Chassis no. DBS/5322 Engine no. 400/3962/S
1969 Aston Martin DBS Saloon  Chassis no. DBS/5322 Engine no. 400/3962/S
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