PROJECT CAR 007

ASTON MARTIN – DBS

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.

Project car number 007

The Aston Martin DBS from 1969, one of the most iconic DBS’, driven by the late Sir David Brown.

The crown of our collection, Project car number 007. This Aston Martin DBS with chassis no DBS/5063/R RHD was built in NewPort Pagnell in 1968. It’s an early original RHD manual car in the colour Roman Purple. The car is a full options car, this means Webasto sunroof, Motorola radio, Vantage engine and Fiamm horns.

This car has an interesting history. The first owner of this DBS was the Company Chairman, the late Sir David Brown ( confirmed by Aston Martin ). Mr Brown was owner and chairman of Aston Martin / Lagonda from 1947 until 1972. This was his personal car from 1968 until 1973 with license plate DPP 4F (he put 20776 miles on the clock during this time). For the record all personal Astons of Sir David Brown were in the colour Roman Purple with a red interior, webasto sunroof  and a Vantage engine. This is a unique one off car, brought back in his original configuration.

After 1973 the car was sold from Aston Martin to an unknown gentleman in the United Kingdom. History files are from this point a bit unclear. What we know is that the car went to Germany in 1989 to a gentleman named Erik Kesselaar, he drove the car until 1998. Afterwards the car was sold to a Mister Collin M.Hall in California, United States of America. In the USA, the car was resprayed from Roman Purple to a silver color, it did however maintain the red interior. In 2009 the DBS went back to the UK, a gentleman named Anthony Reed decided to start a complete restoration of the car. He took the car apart but stopped due to personal reasons. In 2017 David Brown Services BV located the car. The car was transported to our workshop in IJmuiden to continue the complete restoration and to finish the car off in its original color: Roman Purple. This DBS is clearly an interesting one off and a great investment!

David Brown Services BV is carrying out a nut and bolt restoration on this 1968 Aston Martin DBS. If you are interested in this project car, we can alter certain things 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)

– Color : Roman Purple
– Engine: Overhauled 4 L

– Mileage: 0
– Transmission: Manual
– Built: 1969
– Steering Wheel: Right Hand Drive
– Gear: ZF 5 speed manual
– Webasto sunroof
– Weber carbs ( Vantage )

One of 130 Built / the only one driven by David Brown