Lot 54 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th July 2017)
Registration No: STD791S
Chassis No: DBS/5817/RA
- Just 62,000 miles and 2 previous owners, good restoration candidate
- Much history from 1980s, £20,000 spent
- Automatic transmission, Webasto sunroof
Introduced at the October 1967 Motor Show, the DBS broke important new ground for Aston Martin. Although similar to that of the concurrent DB6, its steel platform chassis used a longer wheelbase, repositioned front crossmember and wider track to arrive at perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Further enhanced by the adoption of de Dion rear suspension located via a Watts linkage and with standardised power steering, the newcomer was widely praised for its polished ride and handling. Styled in-house by William Towns, with clear transatlantic and Italianate overtones, the aluminium-bodied four-seater exuded a road presence that few rivals caught in its quad headlights could match. Although intended to be the first V8-powered Aston, a series of teething troubles with the new powerplant meant that the DBS went into production with the proven Tide Marek-designed 3995cc DOHC straight-six. Credited with developing 282bhp and 288lbft (or 325bhp and 290lbft in Vantage tune wearing three Webers), this legendary powerplant was allied to either five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.
We are informed this Silver / Grey automatic transmission example with Red interior had just two previous owners, the car coming with a good amount of history dating from the 1980s onwards. Understood to be running but offered without a current MoT, STD 971S is described by the vendor as being a good candidate for restoration, the odometer currently registering a low c.62,000 miles. Invoices for over £20,000 together and over thirty expired MoT certificates are also understood to accompany the car. Astons remain a solid investment and values for the 6-cylinder DBs have risen along with those of the V8 engined models making this an attractive project to undertake.