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1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 Series I

Lot No.: 161

Registration: EGU 29H
Chassis Number: DBSV8/10017/R
Engine Number: V/540/091
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 5340cc
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Estimate (£): 20,000 - 25,000
Sold for (£): 49,450

Aston Martin had always planned that the 1967 DBS would be powered by its new V8 engine, that had first been seen in 5.0 litre form in the Lola-Aston Martin sports-racing cars. Production problems, however, intervened and the DBS used the 4.0 litre, twin overhead camshaft, straight six of the concurrently produced DB6. It was not until September 1967 that the DBS V8 was finally announced with production commencing in the following April.

The handling was excellent with independent suspension, coil spring/wishbones at the front and de Dion tube at the rear with Watt's linkage and twin radius arms. All this combined to create a perfect platform for Tadek Marek's all-alloy V8. It boasted four overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection. The 5,340cc V8 produced an impressive 320bhp at 5,000rpm; the resultant 160mph plus performance was nothing short of staggering in 1970.


This Aston Martin DBS V8 is an early series I example is being offered from a private collection having been barn stored for the past 10 years.

Presented in Dubonnet Rosso with Tan leather interior, the car seems to have survived very well indeed. The interior appears very much unmolested and intact. Showing 27,700 unwarranted miles and last Taxed in 2004, the exterior of the car also appears to have stood the test of time very well, clearly a result of its cared for past as can be seen in the small accompanying history file.

Included in the history file for the car is the original owner's handbook along with various receipts dating from the late 1990s to early 2000's. In 1999 there is a substantial bill of £2,124 for the rebuild of the gearbox. There is also an invoice from 2001 for £5,896 along with images for extensive bodywork repairs, which included new doorsills, repairs to the floor pan, door A & B pillars and cross members. Also included in the history file are MoT certificates from 1997 until 2005.

This Aston Martin poses a fantastic opportunity to acquire a superb car that once back on the road is sure to provide enjoyment.