Aston Martin DBS Vantage





Aston Martin DBS Vantage

Year of production 1972 - 1973

Model: DBS (1967 - 1972)

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

AM Vantage

(1972 - 1973)

The Aston Martin Vantage (sometimes described as the AM Vantage) was introduced in May 1972 alongside the visually similar AM V8. The Vantage was a continuation of the DBS, powered by the same Tadek Marek designed six cylinder 4 litre engine as first used in the DB5 back in 1963. Modifications to the car from the previous DBS match with those of the Bosch f.i.V8 car, particularly the adoption of the twin headlamp front grille. In naming this car as a Vantage, Company Developments, the then owners of AML, went against the established tradition. Previously (and indeed since), Vantage has indicated either a car with a higher tune than the standard car or the sportiest model in the range.  Whereas the 1972 AM Vantage was the least powerful car in the Aston Martin range.

Recognition of the AM Vantage is simple – look for the twin headlamp front together with traditional wire wheels; the last Aston Martin so to be fitted. Production of the car lasted for a little over a year with only 70 examples having been built. Despite their rarity, the AM Vantage is an excellent choice for a first time Aston Martin owner on a limited budget.

The engine of the AM Vantage is virtually identical to that of a DB5 in Vantage tune. All but the last two examples built had triple Weber carburettors and thus makes all the right noises!. The last two cars were built for export and were fitted with triple SU carburettors. What makes the AM Vantage such a great buy is that they usually sell for about a fifth the price of a DB5.

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Aston Martin DBS & AM Vantage

David Brown’s Aston Martin concern held out for every possible sale before discarding a car design, thus hoping to realize maximum return on investment. This helps explain why the DB2 family lasted seven years, the DB4 generation 12. Thus, when the Aston Martin DBS arrived in September 1967, it was only the third truly new Aston in 18 years. Even then, it wasn’t all-new, for much of its chassis an...

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