1971 Aston Martin DBS V8


 • 33 year ownership
 • 1 previous keeper
 • 5.3 litre V8
 • Registration number included
 • Full service October 2021

The Background 

In 1967, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd released the grand tourer DBS, which was a larger coupe, making it able to comfortably seat four. It was intended to be the successor to the DB6, but ended up running alongside the DB6 for three years. The new design DBS had a more sharper edged body design over the DB6, and was the first British car to be constructed from aluminum. The chassis was constructed from square sectional tube and featured independent suspension all around. Wishbones and coil springs at the front, and, De Dion axle, trailing links, coil springs and Watts linkage at the rear. 

With the new design, the car was still fitted with the same 4.0 straight-six engine as in the DB6. It wasn't until 1969, that the engine the car was designed for became available, which was the newly developed 5.3 litre V8 that produced 320 bhp. This was designed by the Poland born engineer, Tadek Marek. The engine made the DBS V8 the fastest 4-seater production car in the World at the time.

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The History

This stunning 1971, Aston Martin DBS, was originally sold by H.R Owen in London where it was owned by the same keeper until it was purchased from Colin Alabaster Autos Ltd on 14th October 1988 by the seller. After driving past the show room and seeing it sitting in the window he instantly knew this would be the start of a long relationship. The Aston, when purchased 33 years ago, had 51,000 miles on the clock, and just over 27,700 miles have been covered since then. 

Five years into the ownership, the seller had the car repainted by a specialist recommended by the Aston dealers, Chapman Spooner. The car was resprayed in the original colour, which is believed to be Special Red. Three years later the interior was also retrimmed, again in black leather to match the original.

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The Paperwork

The V5 is present and shows 1 previous keeper.

Invoices and receipts are plentiful, some of which date back to 1978, when the owner, spent in excess of £8,500 split over two invoices in one year. Another one which stood out was a £10,624 invoice from Chapman Spooner for some suspension, brakes, service work and new door trims. All of the paperwork is listed in a folder, and builds a picture of just how well the Aston has been cared for. 

There is also an Aston Martin DBS workshop manual present 

A little claim to fame for the car is a photograph of Boris Johnson talking to the passenger and checking out the DBS V8 at a car rally when he was just an MP.

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The Interior

The inside of the DBS V8 is a nice place to be. Being retrimmed in around 1996, the car has covered less than 20,000 miles since then, and so the front seats are in excellent condition with just some light creases, as to be expected. The rear seat is in excellent condition and does not appear to have had much use in its life. The door cards are as good, and, as mentioned, were replaced with genuine items.   

Sitting in the driver’ seat, the steering wheel is in very nice condition with no signs of excessive wear, just a little shining of the leather. The dashboard is free from any splits along the top and the instruments are all working as they should, with the chrome bezel surrounds all in good condition. The odometer has a reading of 78,753 miles. Moving towards the middle, the switches and heater controls are all in excellent condition with no wear to be seen on the lettering. The clock ticks away as it should and just below is a Radiomobile 8 track stereo, and hiding in the centre console arm rest are some 8 track cartridges. 

The carpets have some Aston embroidered mats to protect them, which are in good order. Up above, the headlining is excellent, with no signs of any sagging. In the luggage area the black carpet is nice and clean, with no damage. The spare wheel is present including the cover, and the new Yusa battery sits to the left.

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The Exterior

As mentioned, the Aston was repainted around 1993 by a classic car specialist, who carried out the work to freshen up the car. As this was 28 years ago there are some small blemishes around the car that have occurred with age as you would expect. 

Starting at the front of the car, the chrome work is all in good order with just minimal age related marks to the chrome. The headlights lights are in good condition with no splits or cracks to mention, and the lenses are bright. There are some additional Hella fog lights fitted, which are also in good order. The bonnet looks to align as it should, with an even gap around the perimeter. Moving further up, the windscreen shows no signs of any chips or cracks, and the surround is in good condition.

As we look down the flanks of the shapely DBS, the “Aston Martin V8 DBS” badges are present on the wings. There is a small area of blistering on the wings, just in front of the badge, and a small crack in the paint towards the rear of the wing, which can be seen in the photographs. The doors look to align as they should and the chromework is in good order, with just a very small amount of tarnishing to the window surrounds.  There is some light micro blistering on the tops of the rear quarters, and a small patch on the roof. 

Around to the rear, and again the chrome is in nice condition, and there are no splits in the light lenses. The DBS badge is present and in good condition along with the Aston Martin badge. Twin stainless steel exhaust pipes exit the rear valance from either side. Two fuel fillers can be used, both open via the key with the passenger side a little stiff from lack of use. 

The light alloy wheels are the originals and are in very nice condition, with just some light tarnishing to the centre. The tyres are all matching Pirelli P600, which have a good amount of tread remaining. 

The Mechanics

5.3 litre of pure V8 sits in the extremely well presented engine bay of the Aston. This fuel injected, four cam V8 can power the DBS from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, and 0-100 mph in just under 13.9 seconds, which in 1971 was an impressive achievement. The V8 has always been well maintained and has wanted for nothing, as the paperwork shows.

The car starts up straight away and sounds fantastic breathing through the stainless steel exhaust. The seller reports that the car drives just as it should with no untoward noises coming from transmission of the 3 speed automatic. The DBS V8 pulls well and changes smoothly through the gears. Bringing the grand tourer to a stop are the, (first time used on a production Aston Martin), ventilated discs.

These are reported to work as they should, with no juddering coming through the wheel as you close to a halt. The seller has had a full service carried out on 26th October 2021, which included spark plugs and a new battery at a cost of £843.72, and just 2 weeks later the car had the air and fuel mixture set, to ensure that everything is as it should be for the new keeper.

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The Appeal 

A chance to be just the third owner of this fine example 1971 DBS V8, from British manufacturer Aston Martin. It has been in the same keeper’s hands for 33 years, and extremely well maintained, as the paperwork shows.

With numbers extremely low for any classic Aston, this model is definitely one to be considered for any classic car collector wishing to add to their collection.

There is also a cover to suit the car included with the sale.   

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1971
  • Make Aston Martin
  • Model DBS
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 78,753 Miles
  • Engine size 5340
  • Town Abbots Bromley
  • Location Staffordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
43 bids
  • MF•••• £81,500 05/12/21
  • Bi•••• £81,000 05/12/21
  • Ra•••• £80,500 05/12/21
  • Bi•••• £80,000 05/12/21
  • el•••• £79,500 05/12/21
  • Bi•••• £79,000 05/12/21
  • ph•••• £78,000 05/12/21
  • el•••• £77,500 05/12/21
  • Ra•••• £77,000 05/12/21
  • el•••• £76,000 05/12/21

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