1970 ASTON MARTIN DBS VANTAGE - RHD
Superb driving and very nice car that is structurally excellent. Restored and meticulously maintained
The Aston Martin DBS
In 1966, Touring of Milan had been commissioned to design the DB6 replacement and two striking prototypes had been produced before the design house went out of business.
William Towns was hastily brought in to design the new car, which was unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25, 1967, and initially only intended for limited production. In its original guise the DBS retained the six-cylinder, 3,995 cc engine, available in Standard or Vantage form as used in the DB6. The original plan had been to use an all new V8 engine, but this was not ready in time.
The clean, modern lines of the new DBS found favour with many owners who required more interior space, and the car was a full four seater. The adoption of a De Dion rear axle was a departure from previous models and the striking grille design was still unmistakably Aston Martin. In order to counter the increased weight of the DBS, the Vantage version boasted revised camshafts to boost performance. In April 1972, a revised DBS was introduced with two headlamps rather than four. Simply called the AM Vantage, 70 examples of this model were produced.
The second Aston Martin to star in the James Bond film series, a DBS had a starring role in the 1969 George Lazenby movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. This was a one-off Bond appearance for both actor and car; it would be another 18 years before 007 would drive an Aston Martin again.
The car offered for sale
This particular DBS is a factory Vantage spec DBS with factory ZF five-speed manual gearbox. With the 9.4:1 ratio and the triple Webers the DBS Vantage engine produces 325 hp. Only 300 DBS Vantage were built in their day, making it a rare specimen of a model which is very seldom offered for sale. It has been entirely restored several years ago. In 2014, the ZF gearbox has been overhauled by Aston Engineering. All the invoices of the work done on this beautifull Aston Martin DBS Vantage are available. This superb DBS Vantage comes with a French title.
: Aston Martin
: DBS Vantage
: 4 litre DOHC
: 325 HP @ 5 000 rev/min
: ZF 5 speeds
: 1580 kg