Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns and introduced at the 1967 London Motor Show, the DBS was the last Aston Martin introduced during the ‘David Brown’ era. An aluminium bodied four-seater, the newcomer employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear.
With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph – a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out.
‘The tremendous levels of performance provided come hand-in-glove with excellent road manners, supreme stability and unmatched braking,’ declared Autocar. A mere 405 DBS V8s had been built before the model was superseded by the re-styled ‘Aston Martin V8’ in late 1972. Continuing Aston Martin’s famed ‘007’ connection, the DBS was driven by George Lazenby as James Bond in the 1969 film, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
This particular DBS V8 was first registered in November 1972 and has had six previous owners from new, with the preceding owner selling the car after 19 years of ownership due to advancing years and declining health. The registration was changed in 1986 from ‘PLN 192L’ to the desirable private plate ‘NAX 38’, which remains with the car and is included in the sale.
‘NAX 38’ has undergone a complete ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration, with arguably every detail being restored to its original factory specification. According to the factory build records, this car’s original colour scheme was Pacific Blue with fawn interior trim. It has been returned to this combination, the interior being completely re-trimmed in the correct fawn leather and all the carpets replaced with the original Wilton weave. The body, brakes and engine have all been rebuilt by an Aston Martin specialist.
An automatic transmission model, ‘NAX 38’ comes with history dating back to 1998 and many old MoT certificates dating back to 1979 when the recorded mileage was circa 57,000. The last MoT expired in July 2007, and the car has been off the road until very recently. The current odometer reading is circa 73,000 miles indicating that this majestic car has covered only some 16,000 miles in 40 years.
A recent £28,000 engine rebuild has brought the engine back to good health. Works undertaken include fully overhauling the original fuel injection pump; converting the cylinder heads to unleaded compatibility; and an Aston Martin-sanctioned upgrade to 5.6 litres, the latter permitting the use of lighter, off-the-shelf pistons. As a result, the engine now produces a maximum of 342bhp and 399lb/ft of torque, which is as good as, if not better than, when it left the factory (see dynamometer printout on file).
Other noteworthy features include a re-covered dashboard; new windscreen; new door and window seals throughout; refurbished wheels; stainless steel bumpers, new Avon ACR3 tyres to original factory specification; fully refurbished seatbelts; upgraded stereo; new headlights; and new stainless steel exhaust parts. A portfolio of photographs recording the complete restoration process is available.
Stratton Motor Company is pleased to offer this fine example of the 1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 Sports Saloon,
Finished in Pacific Blue with Fawn hide leather interior,
One of only 288 fuel injected cars built,
Usual Aston Martin refinements,
Benefits from a full restoration with photographic record,rebuild to original specfication,
Very recent complete engine overhaul by Aston Martin engineer and complete with Dyno sheet.
With just 72,894 miles recorded
A good investment vehicle