1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R

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Lot 234
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 57,130) inc. premium
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon
Registration no. XKH 412J
Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
*First of the Aston Martin V8s
*Automatic transmission
*Restored in the late 1980s
*Dry stored for many years
*Requires re-commissioing

Footnotes

  • 'Anyone wondering why Aston Martin bother to make their own vee-8 when so many big American ones are so cheaply available need take only one look at the performance data... for the best explanation in the world. Whatever the undisclosed output of the Aston V8, it is enough to rocket this heavy car to 60mph from rest in exactly six seconds and to 100mph in only 14.7 seconds. Much more than this, we were able to reach 138 mph from rest in a mile and on the Continent record a mean maximum speed of 161.5 mph.' - Autocar, 8 July 1971.

    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.'

    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.

    The 105th example built, chassis number '10105/R' was originally delivered to A&B Cars (Distributors) Ltd on 28th January 1971. The accompanying copy guarantee form records the original colour scheme as Burnt Almond with natural Connolly hide trim. Restored in the late 1980s (photographs available), this DBS is described by the private vendor as very solid and complete, having been dry stored for many years. The car retains matching chassis/engine numbers and still has its original interior; re-commissioning will be required before it returns to the road. Offered with a V5 registration document.

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1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon  Chassis no. DBSV8/10105/R
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