Lot 175 - 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Banham Convertible
|Odometer reading||79,500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £44,382|
With the demise of the DB6 Mk. II Volante in 1970, Aston Martin were not able to offer a convertible motorcar until 1977 with the introduction of the V8 Volante. This presented a niche in the market; there are always wealthy customers with a desire for something unique and unusual. Paul Banham and his company, Banham Conversions (Banmoco) became well known for their cabriolet conversions on Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Daimler and Jaguar cars. The company was perhaps most noted for their stylish conversion on the Jaguar XJ-S. Sadly the company went out of business in 2004.
This lovely example is presented in British Racing Green with a beige leather interior and matching beige hood. Its iconic V8 engine is mated to a manual gearbox and it has electric windows and a radio. The car has a nice history going as far back as 1984, which also includes a list of the owners and the years it exchanged hands. The present owner bought this rare DBS V8 Aston Martin in 1989 and it was at that time the car was sent to Banham Motors Ltd to be converted to a soft top when the mileage was 74,978. The car was stored from 1991 to 2022 in an air conditioned unit and was recommissioned by Slark Motors in Bristol in 2023. It had its outer wheel lips power coated and the car was polished to the condition it is shown today which looks fabulous. These are rare cars indeed and with the Banham conversion and manual gearbox, this particular Aston Martin DBS is very sought-after and turns heads wherever it is driven.
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