1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS Coupe

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1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS Coupe

Background

The DBS steered Aston away from the classical, organic shapes of the Carrozzeria Touring styled DB4, 5, and 6, driving cutting edge late 1960’s design with crisper, more rectilinear lines frequently credited to Gandini’s watershed Alfa Carrabo of 1968.

The last Aston to use brilliant in-house engineer Tadek Marek’s twin-cam straight-six, the DBS was built side-by-side with its Kamm-tailed DB6 “predecessor” for three years, and would later come to define Aston’s signature look for more than three decades.

Produced with more than a year’s worth of man hours in labor, these cars wear hand-beaten aluminum bodywork over the marque’s first fully independently suspended chassis, and starred alongside Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The Vehicle

One of fewer than 1,000 DBS’s built over a six year production run, this left-hand drive 1969 example came to life alongside the final batches of DB6.

The car’s scarcity is made even greater by its Vantage spec, which added triple dual-choke, large-bore Weber carburetors which raised power of the 4.0 liter six from 280 to 325 hp. This was a hugely impressive figure for the day, and identical to that boasted by early Euro-spec 5.3 liter V8 models.

On the Outside

What could be better than British Racing Green here? Not even the more olive shade used on Bond’s car of the same year.

Though its sharp-creased sheet metal pointed the way forward, the car kept one foot (or four) firmly in the past with factory knock-off wire wheels, while charmingly quirky hallmarks of low production abound, from its dual fuel filler doors to the incredibly intricate window trim moldings.

On the Inside

The car looks to retain a high degree of originality inside, and apart from the radio and perhaps a minor piece of trim or two, it also seems to be almost entirely complete here.

Astons have long used ultra high-quality Connolly leather, and hides in this example have held up quite well for the most part. Though a portion of the rear left seat will need a split seam repaired, upholstery otherwise seems to need little more than a good deep moisturizing.

Check out the fantastic stylized DB logo on the steering wheel center cap, and note we didn’t say “horn button” - that’s operated from a small wand-like lever that also works the headlights.

Underneath

Power comes from a twin-cam 4.0 liter straight-six topped with the correct trio of Vantage-spec twin-choke Weber carburetors.

Rated at 325 hp, up 45 from the standard-spec DBS, this motor enabled sub 6.5-second 0-60 runs when coupled to the 5-speed manual of the auction car. This was true supercar territory for the day, and on par with a contemporary Lamborghini Miura or Ferrari Daytona, and despite the Italians having twice the cylinder count each.

History Highlights

This car is offered without known history.

What We Think

Rare, fast, beautiful, historically significant, and ideally specced, this DBS Vantage checks all the right boxes and then some. Estimated $60,000 - $90,000.

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It should be noted that this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.

We have not started or driven the car so cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

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Seller

usbond

  • Location: Gardena, CA, United States
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 58761
  • Chassis Number: DBS/5274/LAC
  • Engine: V8
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Green
  • Interior: Tan / Leather
  • Estimated Price: $60,000 - $90,000
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