Stratton Motor Company are please to be able to offer this classic Aston Martin DBS V8 that has undergone a complete nut and bolt ground up restoration, including a £28ooo engine rebuild in 2010.
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 and De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear.
The DBS V8 was originally available in the Spring of 1970 adding to the line up alongside the DB6 and DB6 Mk2. The car was always meant to house the Tadek Marek V8, however issues at the 1967 Le Mans race, where an early version was fitted in the Lola-Aston Martin T70 Mk3 set back the use of the 5 litre unit until 1970 and the previous 4.0l 6 cylinder was used in its place.
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 19yrs of ownership due to advancing years and declining health. The registration was changed in 1986 from PLN192L to the private plate NAX38, included in the price of the sale.
Finished in Pacific Blue with Fawn leather interior, this DBS features an excellent history featuring details of a full nut and bolt restoration that took place in 2010 as well as a £28,000.00 engine overhaul. The overhaul included an upgrade that bored the cylinders from 5.3litres to 5.6 litres giving an engine output of 342bhp and 399 lb/ft of torque.
In its stock form the 5.3 litre engine was capable of a 0-60mph of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 160mph. However, in its upgraded form these figures will doubtless have improved.
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 specs, refurbished seat belts, upgraded stereo, new headlights and stainless steel exhaust parts.
A portfolio of photographs recording the complete restoration is available as is a new dynamometer printout of the engines performance.
1 of only 402 DBS V8’s built
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