To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 15 - 17 August 2019. Aston Martin’s flagship modelCalifornia Sage over Absynthe Green leather510 hp, 5.9-liter V-12 with six-speed automaticShowing less than 2,850 original miles When it bowed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2007, the V-12–powered Aston Martin DBS was not the first DB Aston Martin followed by the letter S. The original DBS bowed in the mid-1960s and had the distinction of being the first Aston Martin to bring the automaker’s design language into a new era and the last car built under Brown’s control.The second iteration of the DBS was a worthy successor, even if it arrived more than three decades later. The modern model succeeded the Vanquish S as Aston Martin’s flagship model. Power came from a 510-horsepower version of the company’s 5.9-liter V-12, which could be paired to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. Though it was a relatively large car, the DBS weighed a lithe 3,700 pounds, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber for its hood, fenders, and numerous structural components. Scissor-style doors composed of aluminum ensured that the DBS would make an impression wherever it arrived. A special glass key fob inserted into the dashboard to start the car added even more panache.Underneath, the DBS utilized a new adaptive suspension design that gave the car tenacious handling on a curvy road or, at the touch of a button, a cosseting ride for boulevardier-ing. Carbon-ceramic disc brakes ensured that it would come to a halt quickly and effortlessly. The DBS made its screen debut at the hands of a new James Bond in 2006, even before the car was formally unveiled. In Casino Royale, a stern Daniel Craig made nearly as much of a splash as the slinky DBS.Nearly two years after the DBS debuted in coupe form, Aston Martin unveiled the convertible Volante version at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The car featured a fabric top that could tuck away in fewer than 15 seconds at the tap of a button at speeds as high as 30 mph.The DBS Volante offered here was special-ordered in California Sage over Absynthe Green leather with Phantom Grey carpeting, an homage to colors closely associated with Aston Martin’s past. The car is fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission and shows just under 2,850 miles after remaining with its original owner for nearly a decade. Presented in immaculate condition throughout, the car is offered with its original owner’s guide, spare keys, battery tender, air compressor, and trunk-mounted umbrella.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.
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