Aston Martin DBS 6 (1969).
A well preserved example of the rare DBS 6-cilinder.
The Aston Martin DBS was launched in 1967, as successor of the DB6. It shared the same engine, but the William Towns designed body was completely different. The car was longer and wider as the DB6, and had plenty of interior space on offer. This was the last of the six-cilinder Aston Martins, beginning with the DB4, and with only 795 examples built, it is quite a rare motorcar and rapidly increasing in value. The DBS was also the template for the next 30 years of production at Aston Martin, making way to the DBS V8 in 1969 and the V8 Saloon series from 1972 on.
This example was delivered new in the UK, and equipped with an automatic gearbox. It came to Belgium 20 years ago, and has been kept in great condition by the owner, an enthusiastic Aston Martin collector. The car is in great original condition, and except from a repaint a couple of years ago still as it left the factory 45 years ago. When we purchased this DBS, we had it completely checked by Aston Martin Heritage dealer Yves Michiels. The gearbox is now completely rebuild, and also a new high efficiency radiator fitted. The engine has been set up again, and finally 4 brand new MWS chromed wire wheels were fitted with correct Avon tyres. It is a stunning car, with a nicely patinated interior and a pleasure to drive. The automatic Borg Warner gearbox is very smooth, and suits the character of the car rather well.
It is believed that the DBS is the next Aston Martin which will rapidly increase in price, following the DB4/DB5/DB6 cars. It has the same 6-cilinder engine, and the styling is becoming well appreciated. The DBS was the base for the succesful V8 range, and looks magnificent with these early styling details, only found on the 6-cilinder cars. This great example is a blue chip investment, and still affordable these days. For the price of new V8 Vantage, you may also opt for the classic looks of the DBS, and in a couple of years there won't be any regrets as it may have doubled in value by then...