The original Aston Martin DBS was first produced from 1967 to 1972 and sported a then ‘modern’ look which was a departure from the flowing lines of the DB6 that preceded it and was typical of the new wave of automotive designs of the late sixties and early seventies. The cars from this era haven’t come into their own yet and aren’t quite as collectable as the curvaceous cars of the late fifties and early sixties (think E-Type Jag and Ferrari 250 GTO versus the XJ-S and 365 GTB/4 Daytona respectively) and therefore represent relatively good value. The Aston, in my opinion, is particularly good for a few of reasons, the first is that the DBS was a Bond car in the film ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service’ (the one with George Lazenby in a kilt – not so good) which featured it throughout. Another on-screen performance was in the TV series ‘The Persuaders!’ which has possibly one of the best first episodes of all time showing the DBS (although badged as a DBS V8) racing a Dino 246 GT. Finally, the DBS name is now associated with possibly one of the greatest GT cars on sale, the DBS V12 which gives major badge kudos to the original. The original DBS has a four litre straight six with 282 bhp but Vantage spec cars had up to 325 bhp meaning the DBS is no slouch and can be yours for around 35k.
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