Aston Martin 1971 DBS Vantage
Make: Aston Martin
Model: 1971 DBS Vantage
Body Style: Two Door Coupe
Engine Capacity: 4200cc
Styled by the renowned William Towns, the Aston Martin DBS was unveiled to the public in 1967, replace the long serving DB4, 5 and 6 models. The new elegant design went on to form the basis of a line of Aston Martin cars, produced over 20 years. Fitted with the all alloy 6 cylinder twin cam engine developed from the earlier DB5 and 6 models, a Vantage specification option was available with a quoted 325bhp output. A total of just 401 6 cylinder DBS were produced (803 total) between 1967 and 1970 and of those, circa 70 right hand drive examples, were built and delivered with the Vantage engine.
This original Vantage-engined DBS comes with a most substantial file tracing its history as far back as 1981, including no fewer than 25 MOT certificates and all invoices totalling many tens of thousands of pounds. The accompanying copy guarantee form shows that the car was delivered new in October 1971 via Plough Motors, but the name of the original owner is not recorded. The file’s ownership history commences with AMOC member Rodney Howard, who owned the DBS from 1982 to 1997 and kept copious records, and there are also details of the four subsequent owners, the most recent of whom kept the Aston from 2005 to 2016.
In 1993 the engine was rebuilt to 4.2 litres capacity by Goldsmith & Young using Cosworth pistons, and converted to unleaded compatibility at the same time. Invoices for these works totalling £9,147 are on file together with others relating to a chassis restoration in 1993 and restoration and repainting of the body in 1994. There are further detailed bills on file from marque specialists Chris Shenton Engineering for the period 2005 to 2015 totalling approximately £18,000.
Originally finished in Platinum with black leather trim, the DBS has been repainted in Dubonnet Rosso metallic but retains its original interior. Other noteworthy features include Koni shock absorbers (fitted in 1998), new chromed wire wheels (2000), new power steering, recent new Pirelli radial tyres and a full stainless steel exhaust system.
This car is currently starting process of a complete restoration which is being carried out by established Aston Martin Specialist. Please contact for further information.