1968 (May) Aston Martin DBS 5 Speed Manual
Right Hand Drive: UK Supplied
Very Early Production Six-Cylinder Model
In 1966 Touring of Milan had been commissioned to design the DB6 replacement and two striking prototypes had been produced before the design house ceased trading. William Towns was brought in to design the new car, which was unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25th, 1967. Initially only intended for limited production, in its original guise the DBS retained the six-cylinder, 3,995 cc engine, available in Standard or Vantage.
With the cars clean, modern lines of the new DBS found favor with many owners who required more interior space, and the car was a full four-seater. The adoption of a De Dion rear axle was a departure from previous models and the striking grille design was still unmistakably Aston Martin.
The DBS had a starring role in the James Bond 1969 movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ with George Lazenby. This was a one-off Bond appearance for both actor and car and it would be another 18 years before 007 would drive an Aston Martin again.
Our very early production DBS was the 39th car produced and registered for the home market on 12 June 1968 and commissioned in Goodwood Green with Fawn Hides & Woburn Sand Carpets.
A previous owner is known to have kept the car for 40 years and after a period in dry storage the decision was taken to recommission the car and refinish it in AM Olive Green. The interior appears original with a lovely patina. A matching-numbers example, the car wears an unusual factory fitted DBS badge on the rear.
Accompanying chassis number 40 is a history file containing its Heritage Certificate, Green Registration Book, Build Cards, Instruction Book, Workshop Manual and Parts Catalogue.
Available for inspection at our central London showroom.