PROJECT CAR 004

ASTON MARTIN – DBS

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Project car number 004

This 1969 Aston Martin DBS Project car with serial no DBS/5544/R RHD no 4 Aston Martin DBS was built in NewPort Pagnell in December 1969. This car was shipped to H.R Owen Limited London in 1970.  The DBS was a full option car with the Vantage specifications and number plate EGJ 127J, the car was used by H.R.Owen as a demonstrator car until the end of 1971. After this period, with 7249 miles on the clock, the car was sold to a Mr Mac-Dowall in Essex. This gentleman drove the car with licence plate XHH 181H (these plate are still with the car) until 1978. After that, the car was exported to Australia where it was used very limited and was finally parked in a garage in Cheltenham in Victoria. The car was finally exported back to the UK in 2014 where a gentleman started a restoration of this very solid and original car however, he was not able to finish the car due to health issues.

In 2017, David Brown Services BV purchased this car and started a full restoration on it. This vehicle is quite special, because it is a model (series 1 car) which was used by Aston Martin to implement several construction items, which were common on the series 2 cars. This very low miles and solid car is now in Pacific Blue. So far, an engine overhaul has been performed. The car has its original ZF gearbox.

David Brown Services BV is carrying out a nut and bolt restoration on this 1969 Aston Martin DBS. Our project cars are available for sale! If you are interested in this project car, we can alter certain things such as the color, to your wishes and taste. The car is a right hand drive and can also be modified to a left hand drive.

– Brand: Aston Martin
– Model: DBS
– Bodystyle: Grand Tourer (GT)
– Engine: 4 liter in line

– Mileage: 0
– Transmission: Manual
– Built: 1969
– Steering Wheel: Right

History

The Aston Martin DBS, a grand tourer made by the British car manufacturer Aston Martin. The DBS was produced between 1967–1972. The backstory of how the DBS came to life is an interesting one. In 1966, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera had been commissioned to design the DB6 replacement. The design house created two DBS prototypes before it went out of business. In order to get the project over the line, British car designer William Towns was brought in to design the new car. Although the DBS was envisioned to be the successor of the Aston Martin DB6, both were produced simultaneously for three years. The DB6 ran from 1965 until 1971.

The DBS retained the six-cylinder, 3,995 cc engine, available in Standard or Vantage form as used in DB6. Initially, the plan had been to use an all new V8 engine, however this was not ready in time and therefore not used in the DBS before 1969. In 1969, the DBS was made available with the long awaited V8 Engine with the vehicle that we know as the DBSV8 (four-seat grand touring car). The design of the engine was the work of Tadek Marek. The DBS was a full four seater and was favoured amongst owns that required more interior space.

The use of the 4L engine was one of the reasons why DBS vehicles were fairly cheap a few years ago. The reason being that these were not fast cars (from 0-100 in 8.5 sec with SU carbs) in the time that Aston Martin cars were known for being swift cars.

The Aston Martin DBS was the second AM to star in the James Bond film series. The DBS was famously driven by James Bond (George Lazenby) in the film: ‘’On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’’. The only film in which Bond got married, although, with a tragic ending.

Aston Martin DBS cars are excellent investment opportunities and especially the ones that have been restored. At David Brown Services, we think that the best DBS cars are the ones that have been restored.