Aston Martin DBS V8





Aston Martin DBS V8

Year of production 1969 - 1972

Model: DBS (1967 - 1972)

Wikipedia (DBS): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DBS

In September 1969, the DBS was made available with a 5340cc V8 engine, this variant being known as the DBS V8. At the time, it was the fastest 4 seater production car in the world. The new model was fitted with light alloy wheels (as opposed to wire wheels on the DBS) and ventilated brake discs. Automatic transmission was offered as an alternative to the ZF 5 speed manual gearbox. The DBS V8 was produced until May 1972, after which it was given a single headlamp front end and was renamed to AM V8.

DBS V8

(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).

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Year Document Language Size Pages
1969 - 1972 dbsv8.pdf English 88.1 KB 1
1969 - 1972 dbs v8 parts catalogue.pdf English 7.36 MB 194
1969 - 1972 amv8 parts catalogue vin 11001 12031.pdf English 7.45 MB 226
1967 - 1969 dbs parts catalogue.pdf English 9.7 MB 230
1967 - 1969 dbs 6 cyl.pdf English 159 KB 1

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1969 - 1972 dbs v8.pdf English 491 KB 4
1967 - 1969 dbs.pdf English 568 KB 10

Engines


Year from-to Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
1969 1972 DBS gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 238 491 16

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