Aston Martin DBS Series 1 coupé, 1969
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Aston Martin DBS Series 1 coupé, 1969 | € 139.000,--

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Aston Martin DBS Series 1 coupé, year 1969. Chassis number DBS/5164/R, engine number 400/3668/S. Factory original “matching” numbers. Colour Olive Green metallic combined with a black leather interior trimmed with black wool carpet. This magnificent RHD (right hand driven) Aston Martin DBS Series 1 was sold new in New Zealand where they drive on the left side of the road like in the UK. In 2015 the car was shipped from Victoria to the Netherlands. Originally the car was finished in red, in 2016 the DBS was given a body restoration and was painted in the very desirable original Aston Martin colour Olive Green as seen on the DBS from the 1969 James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. In the process also the chrome trim was renewed. This Aston Martin DBS is in a very good condition, technically and mechanically the automobile was extensively serviced and brought up to date. The odometer shows 42.655 Miles. The leather interior is a fully original time capsule in wonderful condition. This DBS is an early example still boasting the wood veneer finish around the gauges on the dashboard, in the second half of 1969 this part of the dashboard was finished in black plastic. Distinguishing Series 1 features are the quad headlamps, the chrome slat grille, the 3995 cc six-cylinder engine derived from the DB6, and the air-vents behind the side windows. This car is fitted with the original 3-speed automatic gearbox which works perfectly. The engine power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. The standard of specification is very impressive for a classic from the 1960s and 70s. All models had electric windows, disc brakes around with two servos and power steering. This car is additionally fitted with an electric cooling fan and a Sony radio/CD stereo system. The car comes with historic documentation. Being kept in a classic car collection, in 2022 the Aston Martin was road registered. In the same year the car participated in the Dutch Aston Martin Club Concours elegance which was held on the premises of the former Dutch Royal Palace of Soestdijk. In total only 802 examples of the Aston Martin DBS were built of which 309 in 1969. This wonderful Aston Martin DBS is a fantastic piece of Aston Martin heritage. Like a silver DB5, this Olive Green metallic DBS also brings the ‘bigger than life’ movie world of James Bond to the person who can appreciate that romantic idea…

This Aston Martin is for sale at S2 Classic Cars.
Price: € 139.000, -.

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In the year 1967 the DB6 was succeeded by the more Italian styled DBS. The car was styled by William Towns. The DBS featured the 3995 cc. DB6 engine and a new De Dion rear axle. The DBS is a very handsome fastback with ample interior space. 860 cars of the DBS six cylinder model have been built from 1967 until 1972

Technical data*

6 cylinder in-line engine
cylinder capacity: 3996 cc.
carburettor: 3 x S.U. HD8
capacity: 282 hp at 5500 rpm
torque: 390 Nm (288 lb ft) at 3850 rpm
top-speed: 223 km/h. - 139 mph
acceleration 0-60 mph: 7.9 sec
gearbox: 3-speed, automatic (Borg Warner BW8)
brakes: disc brakes around
drive: rear wheel drive
weight: 1588 kg.


Aston Martin history 1913 - 2000

Bamford & Martin
The Aston Martin Lagonda limited emerged from the firm Bamford & Martin which was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913. The firm was a sales agency for Singer cars. Sportsman Lionel Martin competed in hill climbs with his cars. One of these sporting venues was Aston Hill. In 1915 Bamford & Martin presented their first car which they named Aston Martin. The car was based on a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini chassis fitted with a four cylinder Coventry Climax engine. The 1st World War intervened and both men joined the military forces. After the war the Bamford & Martin frim was revived.

As Bamford left in 1920 racing driver and millionaire Count Louis Zborowski was found to take an interest in Lionels Martins firm. With Zborowski’s funding a 16 valve OHC engine was constructed and the make became an active participant in Grand Prix races and breaking speed records at Brooklands. After Zborowski’s fatal accident, driving a Mercedes in the Monza GP in October 1924, the Bamford & Martin firm went into receivership.

The works was taken over by Bill Renwick and Bert Bertelli backed by a group of investors, from then the firm was named Aston Martin. The firm failed again in 1926. Lionel Martin left and Bertelli stayed on under new ownership. The cars from this period are called the ‘Bertelli’ Aston Martins Financial problems came and went but new owners/investors were found time and time again.

David Brown
After the second world war Aston Martin was purchased by David Brown. The take-over purchase by David brought a reversal for the British 'marque', which appeals to everyone’s imagination nowadays. The first DB "David Brown" Aston Martin was the DB1 which was presented in the year 1948.

Aston Martin DB1 / DB6
The 1948 Aston Martin DB1 featured a rather dismal four-cylinder engine. The DB2 from 1950 brought the magic on which the brand was to build. The engines were designed by W.O. Bentley, who was working for Lagonda, another enterprise of Browns’. The enormous six-cylinder in-line engines had two overhead camshafts, and were provided with two, and later three SU carburettors. The engine of the DB2 and its successor DB2/4 had a capacity of 2580 and 2922 cc respectively; the engine in the DB5 and the DB6 models that followed already had a cylinder capacity of 3995 cc and a standard 282 horsepower. The latter models had special ‘Vantage’ versions with a capacity of 314 and 325 hp.

The DB5 made Aston Martin instantly world-famous as James Bond’s car. Everyone who saw the Bond films will remember the DB5 with the movable bullet-proof shield, the extending knock-offs that sawed the bad guy’s car in two, but especially the sound that sent shivers of excitement up your spine.
The Aston Martin DB6 was the last classic six cylinder Aston. The DB6 was also available as 2+2 cabriolet, named 'Volante'. The top of the line model was again the 'Vantage' with 325 bhp engine.

Aston Martin DBS / V8
Un the year 1969 the DB6 was succeeded by the more Italian styled DBS. The DBS featured a magnificent and brand new designed 5.3 Litre V8 engine. This V8 engine was constructed by the Polish engineer Tadek Marek. Earlier, in the 1950'ies and 1960'ies Marek developed Aston Martin racing engines. The V8 engine was of such an excellent design that is has been used in Aston Martin models until the year 2000! Between the years 1969 and 1973 all V8's were equipped with Bosch petrol injection. From the V8 series 3 twin choke Weber carburettors were fitted.

The Aston Martin V8 was built until the year 1989 in several model series. We distinguish the following models (numbers built): DBS V8 1969-1972 (402 cars), V8 series 2 1972-1973 (288 cars), V8 series 3 1973-1978 (967 cars), V8 series 4 "Oscar India" specification 1978-1985 (352 cars), V8 series 5 1986-1989 (405 cars).

The Ford years: Virage / Vantage / V8 coupe / DB7
In the year 1988 Aston Martin was taken over by Ford Motor Company. As soon as 1989 the old V8 was succeeded by the Aston Martin Virage. The Virage was accompanied by the top-of-the-line Vantage in 1993. The Vantage was powered by a 550 bhp V8 engine giving the car a top speed of 320 km/h! In 1998 the most potent Vantage was presented: the V600 with 600 bhp on tap!

In 1994 the modern Aston Martin DB7 was introduced. The DB 7 was technically developed in cooperation with Jaguar who introduced the XK8 as a result of the fruitful gathering. The six cylinder DB7 was built in a new factory in Bloxham. The DB7 given a position under the fully hand built Vantage which remained the top model. In the year 1996 the Virage was discontinued. To replace the Virage Aston Martin introduced a detuned Vantage: the Aston Martin V8 coupe. In the V8 coupe the V8 engine delivered 349 bhp giving the car a top speed of 242 km/u. The Aston Martin V8 coupe was delivered with automatic 4-speed transmission only, a fantastic and relaxing GT!
Just like the classic Astons the younger versions are also very rare and exclusive. From 1989 until 1995 Aston Martin built 365 Virages. From 1993 until 2000 Aston Martin built 280 Vantage models. From 1996 until 1999 only 101 Aston Martin V8 coupe cars were built. As you see the Virage, Vantage and especially the V8 coupe are really scarce cars. The Aston Martin DB7 would become the best sold Aston until that day, from 1994 until 2004 7000 DB7's left the factory in Bloxham! The DB7 was succeeded by the Aston Martin DB9.

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