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Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the Aston Martin DB6, whose 4.0-litre straight six engine it shared, the heavier DBS initially disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance.

However, there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969.

With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam engine, the DBSV8 could justifiably claim to be the fastest production car in the world at the time.

Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 160kph in around 15 seconds on the way to a top speed of 234kph.

The Vehicle

This car is offered from outside of the European Union. It has been imported under temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to Dutch import tax on top of the winning bid price.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, as their proof of purchase.

This vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and the documented history available is limited to that displayed in our photography section.

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

As CARS Europe BV is the guarantor of all customs duties and taxes for vehicles within Dutch customs bond, the car cannot be released to the buyer or transporter immediately after the sale. For all enquiries relating to Customs, please contact CARS Europe BV.

Purchases will only be released once cleared funds are received. All vehicles must be collected after the payment of funds. All storage charges must be paid in full prior to the vehicle’s collection or onward transportation.

Storage charges payment must be arranged with the storage company. Collection is strictly by appointment only.

Please send a booking email to the storage centre to ensure vehicle(s) are ready at time of collection. Photographic ID will be required at time of collection. If a third party is collecting for you, then written authorisation is required in advance from you and photographic ID of the third party is required at the time of collection. Collection either by buyer or third party is only possible for vehicles within customs bond if applicable import taxes paid are paid to import into country of bonded storage location.

As soon as The Market by Bonhams will receive your payment, The Market by Bonhams accounts service will inform the manager of the storage where your car(s) is stored: a release note will be sent to them..

CARS Europe BV will contact you just after the sale to confirm onward transport requirements. Direct contact at CARS for enquiries is as follows; Joanna Herlihy, +31 (0) 252 682 526, +44 7483 433912, joanna@carseurope.net.


€30 + local VAT per motor car per day commencing from the sixth day following the auction end.


€500 per motor car (plus applicable permanent import taxes from bond)

This 1972 Aston Martin DBSV8 has the chassis number DBSV8/10393/LCA and engine number V/540/345.

Although we haven’t tried to start or drive this car, and can therefore only comment on its cosmetic condition, we think this DBSV8 appears to be in decent overall condition and well worth the effort of recommissioning and/or restoring.

In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, the car comes with very little history and no recent service records.

The odometer currently reads 638 kms – which may or may not be correct. It’s very hard to know when there is no history.

On the Outside

The bodywork is in good condition in general and is free of any significant dents or bumps.

The white paintwork is also very good overall.

There are a few scuff marks on the bonnet and some scrapes and creases in various places on the front valance below the bumper.

There are a couple of marks on the paintwork near the passenger side rear light cluster, and some scuffed paint at the top of the driver’s door beneath the window.

Most of the chrome work is in very good condition, and the wheels, though scuffed in a few places, are fairly good, too.

Most of the external rubber trim is in OK, as are the badging and the (bright yellow at the front) lights.

On the Inside

The interior is a striking shade of mustard yellow, or rich butter, or something similar.

Whatever it is, we think it’s rather attractive and creates a warm and inviting ambience.

Overall, everything in here is in good condition, although some of it looks a little dirty and would certainly benefit from some vigorous cleaning.

The leather seats are showing very few signs of age (they may or may not have been re-upholstered at some point – we don’t know).

They are comfortable, supportive and structurally sound, both front and back.

The carpets, mats and door cards look good but need a decent clean, particularly on the driver’s side.

The headlining, while not torn or otherwise damaged, is a little loose in places.

The dashboard, steering wheel, gear selector and handbrake are fine but, again, need some soap and water to get back to top condition.

The rubber trim is frayed or warped in places and, inside the driver’s door, is dangling loose.


Although most of the undersides look pretty strong and solid to us, there’s clearly some corrosion in the sills.

Clearly, you’ll want to see for yourself and reach your own conclusion.

The engine and engine bay seem to be in reasonable condition, with everything looking clean, dry and in its right and proper place.

History Highlights

The car doesn’t come with a service history or any record of work done.

We only have the paperwork displayed in the photo gallery, there is nothing else.

What We Think

Yes, there’s some work to do to get this car into really good condition again. But we think the time and effort involved will be more than repaid by the joy of owning and driving what promises to be a very rewarding car.

Provided, of course, that the underlying structure, engine and running gear prove to be as solid as the rest of the car.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of €50,000 - €80,000.

Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Bidders MUST ensure they are aware of the registration situation of a car in auction, and whether it will be possible to export/register a vehicle in their country BEFORE they bid.

All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.  

BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we always encourage bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at those vehicles which are delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.

Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

Please note that this is sold as seen (Caveat Emptor) and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, a return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 638 Km
  • Chassis Number: DBSV8/10393/LCA
  • Engine: 5340
  • Gearbox: auto
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: White
  • Interior: Mustard Yellow
  • Estimated Price: €50,000 - €80,000

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