15 Images Aston martin DBS Classic Cars Models, Vantage & Interior – The classic Aston Martin DBS was manufactured between 1967 and 1972. It preceded the Aston Martin Vantage and succeeded the DB6. It was the last Aston Martin car built under the supervision of D.B. (David Brown). Powered by straight-six engine, the 2-door coupe could generate up to 282 bhp, but it also came out with the upscale option (Vantage) with an increase of power to reach 325 bhp. Either way, it was fast enough especially if you were driving in the streets in the 1970s.
Although the original plan was to build a car with a little bit of modern flair compared to previous Aston Martin models, the company eventually ditched the plan and retained more traditional characteristics including bonnet scoop, side air vents, and knock off wire wheels. Only 787 cars were made over the course of 5 years, so today it is apparently a rare commodity yet popular among enthusiasts. Credentials were without fault; the DBS was a total thoroughbred Aston Martin from the hand-made aluminum bodywork to the 4-liter straight-six engine hand-built by the same people who created the previous DB series.
Differences with DB6
While the initial project was to replace the DB6, both cars actually run concurrently for three years. Think of it this way: Aston Martin DBS was not a successor of a DB6, but rather an improved version of it featuring smoother ride quality, more space, and intensified indulgence. Final production of DB6 came out of the factory in January 1971, and the Aston Martin DBS did it in April 1972. Both models were almost exactly the same on the inside. From cosmetic perspective, the newer car introduced redesigned grill (which eventually became the traditional Aston grille), squarer edge, and four quartz-halogen headlamps.
Another important point from all those new exterior designs was that Aston Martin DBS made it quite successfully to the American market which was dominated by muscle cars. Thanks to its wider track and some options such as automatic gearbox, air-conditioning, and power steering, the car turned out to be popular in the U.S. as well. The overall form factor actually made it get a little bit of muscle car stance as well. However, marketing it simply as city street cruiser was somehow an underestimation of its capability.
Aston Martin DBS was never intended to be fitted with straight-six engine. Extensive testing of an all-new V8 began as early as 1966, but the thing kept on breaking. The decision to use straight-six was a late one, but there was nothing wrong with that. In 1969, or two years after the launch of DBS, the V8 engine became ready. As expected, Aston Martin released the DBS V8 or simply called Aston Martin V8.
In September 1969, Aston Martin DBS V8 was the fastest production car in the world. It also featured new light alloy wheels instead of the wire wheels like the standard version and ventilated brake disc. Even if the original model had no V8 engine in it, the car was well received in the market. There were minor issues concerning the weight, which according to some people reduced the car’s performance. It was never a deal-breaker, nevertheless because the styling and level of comfort as well as handling were spot-on. Put in mind that the DBS also came with Vantage option right away since launch, so anybody who thought the additional weight was too much for the engine to handle could simply get the higher-powered version. Vantage option was available free of charge; something you will not come across these days when manufacturers charge substantial premiums even for simple upgrade option. There was no extra cost, but owners realized that they would pay extra at the gas station. On the other hand, power steering was about £133 but many did not see the real advantage of the option back in the old days.
In popular media, Aston Martin DBS was used by two different James Bond characters. The first was Gorge Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the other one was on Diamonds are Forever.
After more than 3 decades of absence, the DBS name was finally resurrected with the release of Aston Martin DBS V12 produced from 2007 to 2012. Powered with 6-liter engine V12, it was a proud descendant of the classic version with the ability to produce 510 horsepower. Many will agree that Aston Martin has the right combination of British engineering, elegance, speed, and comfort; and the newer breed was no exception.