Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS

Year of production 1967 - 1972


Category: David Brown era

The DBS was intended as the successor to the Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Powered by a straight-six engine, it was produced from 1967 until 1972, eventually being phased out in favour of the Aston Martin Vantage.

It was a larger coupé than the DB6, with four full sized seats, but was powered by the same 4.0 L engine as the previous car. Claimed engine output was 282 bhp (210 kW; 286 PS), but a no-cost vantage spec engine option substituted Italian made Weber carburettors for the DBS' original SU units, thereby upping output to an advertised 325 bhp (242 kW; 330 PS).

The DBS was intended to have a more "modern" look than the previous series of Aston models (the DB4 through DB6), and it incorporated a fastback style rear end and squared off front grille, atypical of Astons at the time, but very much then in vogue in automotive design circles of the late sixties. Trademark Aston design features, such as a bonnet scoop, knock off wire wheels, and side air vents with stainless steel brightwork were however retained. The DBS was the last Aston Martin to be built under David Brown's control.

DBS (6 cylinder)


When the William Towns designed DBS was unveiled in 1967, everyone must have known that the car was without the V8 engine that had surfaced in the racing Lolas earlier that year. Thus the large coupe therefore was powered by the same six cylinder engine from the DB6. In standard form with triple SU carburettors and a 8.9:1 compression ratio, the six was quoted as producing 282bhp. As a no cost option, triple Webers with Vantage tune (9.4:1 compression ratio and hotter cams) was quoted as producing 325bhp. Some cars were also made with AE Brico electronic fuel injection although few still have this system fitted.

Both increased weight and a greater frontal area dented performance slightly although the DBS was still fast for (almost) a full four seater (141mph 0-60mph in 7.1seconds). Identification of the DBS over the later DBS V8 is afforded by the attractive wire wheels. The V8 needed stronger alloy wheels.

A distinguishing feature of the DBS and DBSV8 are the four quartz iodine headlights set into a new interpretation of the Aston Martin grille. The view of the front shows clearly that the DBS was a very wide car at 183cm (15cm more than the DB6).

There are two distinct series of DBS as distinguished by the AMHT, both of which are illustrated here. The earlier cars, sometimes known as the Series 1 have louvers in the ‘C’ post behind the rear side windows and a plain panel under the rear screen. On introduction of the DBS V8, the DBS was modified in line with the new car; these later cars are easy to spot as they have no louvers in the ‘C’ post, but do have louvers under the rear window. Other changes to the series 2, introduced in January 1970, are deepening to the panels under the nose and tail, and a deeper stainless steel sill covers.

Production run of the DBS stretched between September 1967 and April 1972 during which 803 examples were produced.  A few chassis numbers remained unused as the body-in-white initially intended to become the six cylinder cars were actually finished as DBS V8. Thus the DBS, even through it was in production for almost 5 years, they are rarer than the DB5.

In the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, George Lazenby made his first and last appearance as 007 and drove what appeared to be standard DBS. This car is celebrated in this wonderful site dedicated to the rebuild of a highly accurate 007, DBS replica. - Another very interesting site featuring the DBS is

There are some people that call the six cylinder DBS, DBS6 as a way to distinguish the car from the DBS V8. This cannot be in anyway encouraged – the name DBS6 was never been used by the factory and is not recognised by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.


(formally known by the AMOC as V8 series 1) (1969 - 1972)

The DBS was obviously designed to accept the V8 engine that AML had tried out unsuccessfully at Le Mans in 1967. But it wasn't until Spring 1970 that the Tadek Marek designed powerful V8 engine was available in the William Towns styled DBS V8.

One of the few external differences from the six cylinder model is the larger front air dam. Another distinguishing feature of the V8 are the alloy wheels, the wire wheels could never handle the mighty torque of the engine. One must remember that a certain six cylinder car also had alloy wheels and DBS V8 badges. The gold car (BS1) as driven by Roger Moore in the series The Persuaders. So that it appeared that Roger was driving the recently unveiled car, the DBS was modified just for filming even though the V8 was not then available.

The 5340cc V8 engine, initially fitted with Bosch fuel injection, was powerful enough to propel the car to almost 160mph; and 0 to 60mph in 5.9 seconds. Power outputs were not quoted but was probably around 310 to 320bhp. At the time this was one of the fastest production cars in the world.

The side profile of a DBSV8 shows clearly the coke bottle shape of the rear. The tail lights are from the humble Hillman Hunter. The DBSV8 (once retrospectively known by the AMOC as the Series 1), built between April 1970 and May 1972 managed 402 examples before being replaced by the restyled AM V8 (Bosch f.i. or Series 2).

Aston Martin DBS

Unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25, 1967, the William Towns designed Aston Martin DBS was originally only intended for limited production.

In its original guise the Aston Martin DBS retained the six-cylinder, 3,995 cc engine employed in the Aston Martin DB6. However, after an announcement on 27 September, 1969 the Aston Martin DBS was also made available with a V8 engine, with the car being known as the DBSV8 - a four-seat grand touring car, capable of 160 mph.

Besides the engine differences, notable visual differences between the two variants included, on the DBSV8, the use of specially designed 15'' light weight alloy wheels with ventilated brake discs for the first time on an Aston Martin production car (as opposed to the distinctive wire wheels employed on the Aston Martin DBS).

A distinguishing feature of both the Aston Martin DBS and DBSV8 are the four quartz iodine headlights set into an alternative version of the iconic Aston Martin grille.

The Aston Martin DBS and the DBSV8 were produced concurrently until May 1972.

Aston Martin DBS

  • Engine: Six cylinder, 3995cc
  • Power: 282 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
  • Top speed: 140 mph
  • 0-60mph: 7.1 seconds

Aston Martin DBSV8 (in production from April 1970 - May 1972):

  • Engine: V8, 5340cc
  • Power: 320bhp @ 5,000 rpm
  • Top speed: 160 mph
  • 0-60mph: 6.0 seconds
  • Transmission: ZF five-speed manual gearbox or Borg Warner automatic transmission. Limited slip differential.
  • Final drive ratio: 3.73:1 (manual) or 3:54:1 (automatic)
  • Length: 458 cm
  • Height: 133cm
  • Width: 183 cm
  • Wheelbase: 261 cm
  • Kerb weight: 1,588 kg (1,727 kg for DBSV8)
  • Price at launch: £4,473 (1967 - DBS) and £5,281 (1969 - DBSV8)

Produced sub-models Models

1967 - 1972
Z Concept
1969 - 1972
Estate (Shooting Brake)
V8 ‘The Sotheby Special’
1972 - 1973
1972 - 1973


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Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
1967 1972 DB5 gasoline 3 996 6 / In-Line 210 kW 390 Nm 12
1969 1972 V8 DBS gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 238 kW 491 Nm 16

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1968 Aston Martin DBS Coupe 4.0 (244 cui)

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Fuel gasoline. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 3 996 ccm (244 cui), 6-cylinder, In-Line, DB5.

1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 5.3 (326 cui) V8

Fuel gasoline. 4-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 5 341 ccm (326 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate.


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