Aston Martin DBS V8

The late-1967 introduction of the DBS opened a new chapter for Aston Martin, maintaining their position at the cutting edge of Grand Touring style and engineering. This timeless styling, with its basic body and chassis design, continued in use relatively unchanged through to the 1988 introduction of the Virage. Destined to replace the DB6, which continued in production through late 1970, the DBS was both longer and wider than its predecessor and was intended to carry an all-new race-bred aluminium, quad-cam V-8 engine. With its chic bodywork, opulent interior and bespoke Aston Martin cachet, the DBS was the perfect on-screen car for Roger Moore, who played an ex-racing driver with Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders. In addition, it updated James Bond's famous DB5 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and became Aston Martin's first “supercar.”

Since the new Tadek Marek-designed V-8 engine was still undergoing development, his legendary dual-overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine initially powered the DBS. Once released on 19 September, 1969, however, the mostly hand-built, 5,340 cc quad-cam V-8 infused the heavier DBSV8 with abundant power and performance that eclipsed even the Vantage-spec “six.” While Aston Martin did not officially publish its engine output and performance data, the V-8 was found to produce approximately 350 bhp, providing speeds of 160 mph and acceleration from rest to 60 mph in six seconds. Either a ZF five-speed gearbox or a Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic unit was available with the DBS.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

350 bhp, 5,340 cc dual overhead camshaft light alloy block V8 engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed ZF manual gearbox, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, DeDion rear suspension with Watt linkage, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,610 mm (102.75")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Benson Chiu

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