Lot 184 - 1972 Aston Martin DBS6 Vantage
|Estimate||£120,000 - £160,000|
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. In its road test of a DBS Vantage, Motor recorded 141mph with 0-60 and 0-100mph reached in 7.1 and 18.0 seconds respectively. Only 68 righthand drive Vantage examples were produced making the DBS 6 Vantage the lowest production Vantage model of all Aston Martins. Continuing Aston's famed 007 connections, the DBS was used by George Lazenby's James Bond in the 1969 film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
Delivered new in June, 1971 by Callander's Garage and first registered on the 14th June, this very rare, matching numbers, Aston Martin DBS6 factory Vantage was enviably specified with the manual ZF five-speed gearbox, aquamarine body colour, a fawn interior and sought-after wire wheels and is one of just 70 righthand drive Vantage specification cars built in total.
During its 46 years, the car was extremely well maintained as can be evidenced by its extensive history file containing MoT test certificates dating back to 1977, circa 70 invoices and other additional documents which verify the recorded mileage as being accurate. In the late seventies, the car's colour was changed to the more fashionable colour of Storm Red and latterly to the eye-catching metallic purple the car wears today. Having been used so sparingly over the last decade, the car is now sporting a
patina that might persuade the new owner to undertake a full restoration. However, supplied with 12 months MoT test certificate, this car can also be driven away and used as is. This very rare and sough-after Aston Martin is offered at a sensible guide price, allowing any purchaser the ability to restore this car to their own specification and realise a potential profit, especially with similar fully-restored cars now realising close to £300,000.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.