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In 1969, the world was introduced to a new James Bond and in the opening credits of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, with the character’s face in shadow, it is the Olive Green Aston Martin DBS that takes centre stage. Replacing Sean Connery was no mean feat and the film’s producers might have given George Lazenby a Walther PPK and a dinner jacket but it is the Aston Martin that provides the continuity of 007’s new transition. With the famous theme song blaring and twin exhausts burbling the DBS took the corners of the Estoril coast road like the grand tourer it truly is.
Roger Moore might have driven the odd Lotus but James Bond belongs in an Aston. In April 2020, the new Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ will be released and has no fewer than four Astons in it, two modern models, the rebuilt DB5 and, most notably, a welcome return to the screen of the V8 Vantage Coupe, last seen falling foul of its self-destruct button in ‘The Living Daylights’.
The long partnership between Aston Martin Lagonda and the James Bond franchise has ensured that, not only is Britain’s motoring heritage promoted around the world on the big screen, but also the cutting-edge design and engineering of modern examples such as the Vanquish, DBS and the one-off DB10.
As a company proud of its heritage and long associations, it was announced in May 2019 that a limited run of just 50 DBS Superleggera 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' special editions will be produced to mark the 50-year anniversary of the release of the film. This is no mere homage but a fully up to date re-working, a marvel of design and engineering. The rakish body with its sculpted flanks is naturally finished in Olive Green, which provides an intriguing mix of understatement, style and menace, much like Mr Bond himself.
The car boasts a 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine that is set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution and this remarkable power unit will propel it from 0 to 62mph in a brisk 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with an exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tailpipes ensures that the car has a commanding and powerful sound, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes, whilst retaining a level of refinement and civility that compliments its role as the consummate Super GT.
Details include a carbon fibre splitter, aero blade, unique diamond-turned and forged wheels and a bespoke metal grille featuring six bright horizontal vanes, to replicate the distinctive front of the original 1969 DBS. The exterior paint surface is enhanced by body-coloured cant rails and roof, commemorative “OHMSS” side-strakes and unique touches throughout. The interior is trimmed in pure black leather, accented by grey-blend Alcantara, as in the original 1969 DBS. The cockpit is accented in red, inspired by the red-trimmed glovebox in the original car, which held 007’s telescopic-sight rifle.
In May 2019, our vendor, an international businessman and Aston enthusiast bought the car as a planned retirement gift to himself. Nevertheless, at 81 he has not retired and neither has he driven the car, in his own words “Once I drove the car, I know that I wouldn’t want to part with it. The new owner will have a car that is absolutely brand new”. The car was first registered on the 18/12/2019, 50 years to the day since the release of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
Offered to auction having covered just 45 miles, at the time of cataloguing, this is the newest car Silverstone Auctions has ever had the privilege to offer and has not been driven on the road since it left Gaydon and was delivered to the dealer. Naturally, the Aston Martin manufacturers three-year unlimited mileage warranty is transferable to the next custodian as is the ten-year unlimited mileage Anti-Perforation Corrosion Warranty. A tracker has been fitted, which for a fee, is also transferable. The car has been treated to paint protection and included is a fitted car cover, first aid box and battery conditioner.
In conclusion, this car represents a unique opportunity to own one of the rarest cars produced by Aston Martin that, not only acknowledges, but embraces its long association with the James Bond franchise, and in the past, auction results have proven that any car with a Bond association will carry a premium.
Video of the Aston Martin DBS OHMSS