Lot 188 - 1971 Aston Martin DBS
|Estimate||£125,000 - £155,000|
|Result||Sold - £101,920|
The DBS was intended as the successor to the Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Powered by a straight-six engine, it was produced from 1967 until 1972.
It was a larger coupé than the DB6 with four full-sized seats but was powered by the same four litre engine as the previous car. The DBS was intended to have a more 'modern' look than the previous series of Aston models (the DB4 through to the DB6) and it incorporated a fastback style rear end and squared off front grille, atypical of Astons at the time but very much then in vogue in automotive design circles of the late sixties. Trademark Aston design features, such as a bonnet scoop, knock off wire wheels and side air vents with stainless steel bright work, were however retained. With a total build run of some 800 cars, the six-cylinder DBS was built at Newport Pagnell by the same chaps who built DBs 4, 5 and 6; and it's as rare as any of them.
Built in 1971, one of only 49 built that year and one of 317 righthand drive cars with automatic transmissions in total, this car was delivered to dealer, Arnold G Wilson, on 30th April and first registered on 1st July, 1971. It was purchased by the current keeper on 12th November, 2013 from a friend who, in turn, purchased the car in 2003. During the owner's tenure, the car was re-painted to olive green with many parts replaced including boot springs, new radiator, new alternator belts, re-chroming and alloy polishing of parts where required, new vacuum and heater valves, new exterior door handles, refreshing of the tan hide interior, new tyres fitted all round including the spare and fully serviced including the replacement of air, fuel and oil filters. The owner gives credit to the previous owner who was a master technician and automatic transmission specialist and who maintained the car with no expense spared.
CUM 266J retains its original 'matching numbers' engine and is supplied with a Heritage Trust Certificate and MoT test certificates since 1997 with a current item valid until June, 2017 with 83,890 miles recorded.
This was the last model to be produced under the David Brown regime and, as with the earlier DB models, is fast becoming a very collectable and appreciating asset.
Previous lotLot 187 - 1966 Shelby Mustang Shelby GT350 H
Next lotLot 189 - 1993 Ferrari Testarossa
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.