Barn-Found Aston Martin DBS Headed To Auction
The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line in 1972 has been found in a barn England and will be auctioned by COYS in London, on March 10th. Discovered by Chris Routledge, the Managing Partner of the auction house, the DBS has been sitting in a barn in Surrey since 1980 and is in dire need of a thorough restoration. Although it will be sold in its current state, the vehicle is expected to fetch between £25,000 to £40,000, especially since it’s one of only 787 units built.
"This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin’s history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory. The windows are broken, the interior trim is missing and it’s rusty, but it’s all there and there has been huge interest from collectors around the world," Routledge said in a statement.
Until it goes under the hammer, the car will be displayed by Aston Martin Mayfair at Aston Martin W-One, Brook House, 113 Park Lane, Mayfair, London. The auction takes place during the COYS "Spring Classics" auction at the Royal Horticultural Society.
Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin DBS.
Why it matters
The DBS might not be the rarest Aston Martin out there, and is by no means as valuable as a classic Ferrari, but it is an important part of Aston Martin’s history and a grand tourer that’s definitely worth restoring. Being the last DBS to roll off the assembly line, this particular example is that much more important to both Aston Martin and DBS enthusiasts the world over.
Introduced in 1967 as a successor to the DB6, which remained in production until 1971, the DBS featured a heavily restyled body compared to its predecessor, but used the same 4.0-liter inline-six powerplant until 1969. The engine cranked out 282 horsepower in the standard car, while a no-cost option added Weber carburetors to increase output to 325 horsepower. In 1969, Aston Martin launched the DBS V8, which employed a 5.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 315 horses. Capable of a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of nearly 160 mph, the DBS V8 was, at the time, the fastest four-seat production car in the world.
The DBS was also notable for being the last Aston Martin to be built under David Brown’s ownership. The DBS was featured in the 1969 James Bond film "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service." The inline-six lineage was replaced by the Vantage in 1972, while the DBS V8 continued as the Aston Martin V8 until 1989.