1971 Aston Martin DBS V8
One of only forty three DBS V8 models supplied to the home market, this great matching numbers example retains its original specification. The Alpine Grey coachwork really suits the car and the contrasting dark blue interior retaining the original leather trim is particularly nice. Most option boxes were ticked on the original order form including air conditioning, automatic transmission, fuel injection, Radiomobile stereo (still fitted) and Pirelli radial tyres.
The comprehensive history file allows us to see the life of this DBS in detail. It was ordered when new by Aston main dealer HW Motors in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey as their demonstration vehicle, this no doubt explaining the many options fitted. Just six weeks and less than 1,000 miles later they sold the car to Roy Marks, a regular customer who persuaded them to part with it early. He soon transferred ownership to his brother Bernard, a colourful and much respected recruitment industry specialist, who ran the Alfred Marks Recruitment Agency started by his father. Indeed, he was immortalised in the song Temporary Secretary by Paul McCartney, one of his more obscure tunes! He successfully floated the business in the late 1960’s and so the very high price of a DBS in 1971 was easily afforded. Mr Marks took delivery of the Aston on the 22nd of June 1971 and it became a familiar sight outside his Soho Square office, carrying his private number BMM 22.
Mr Marks was obviously attached to his Aston as he retained it until July 1984, covering just under 30,000 miles in this period. He used the supplying dealer HWM for maintenance during this period as indicated in the original stamped service book.
The car saw little use in the hands of two Aston enthusiasts from July 1984 until October 1992, the mileage rising to just 42,000 miles in this time. However, the car was carefully looked after and maintained as indicated in correspondence and invoicing on file.
In October 1992 a Mr Christopher Taylor bought the Aston and coveted it for the next twenty three years. Following purchase Mr Taylor had the car minutely inspected and any work required was completed as detailed in the extensive invoicing on file throughout this ownership.
The next owner, a Mr Lavington, purchased the DBS in April 2015, the mileage at this point being 51,278 miles. He has continued to look after the Aston well, again extensive invoicing on file documents this work. This included a glass out strip and repaint carried out in December 2017 in the original shade and to a high standard, the car presenting very well to this day.
A rare and lovely DBS V8 with a complete history that has covered just 52,000 miles from new. It comes with all books including the original stamped service book, all keys and the above mentioned extensive history file with much correspondence, maintenance invoices, original factory warranty card, British Motor Heritage Certificate and MOT certificates from 1984.