Unfortunate and Unfinished – 1967 Aston Martin DBS For Sale

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Aston Martin DBS

Unfortunate and Unfinished #8211; 1967 Aston Martin DBS

Before there was the modern DBS, the sporty version of the V-12 DB9, we had a six-cylinder GT car that was the successor to the DB6 as well as the last Aston Martin built in the David Brown (DB) era before the troubled manufacturer was bought by Company Development, Ltd. in 1972. The DBS was pretty much identical to the DB6 it replaced apart from the body, and the car actually sold alongside its predecessor for three years.

Today, it is pretty hard to see why anyone was allowed to completely abandon the timeless, swept lines of the DB6 for the (by comparison) angular mediocrity of the DBS, but at the time it was contemporary styling and Aston was looking to go in a new direction. Again, the 4.0 liter straight-six made 325 horsepower in Vantage trim or 282 normally, but the DBS had more room with four full seats. The new car#8217;s angular features of course represented a huge departure for Aston Martin, but they were features that would continue onto the later Vantages of the #8217;70s and #8217;80s, meaning that for many years Astons would look more American Muscle than European GT.

In 1969 and after people understandably got a little frustrated by the same engine in a heavier car, the DBS got a V-8 of 5.3 liter displacement and this would become the simply named Aston Martin V8. The V-8 version was the car the DBS should have been in the first place, and it sold in much higher numbers than the six-cylinder DBS while arguably looking quite a bit better as well.

Aston Martin DBS

The first DBS#8217;s, with their DB6 engines and wire wheels, are in a way oddities stuck between two eras of Aston Martin history. This car is one of them, and it#8217;s an intriguing but still intimidating project, as any disheveled Aston would be. Located in Sylmar, California, it is an incomplete restoration that started seven years ago with no engine or gearbox (which, by the way, it still doesn#8217;t have), and was stripped down and sprayed with $7,500 worth of paint as well as given a conversion from left-hand-drive to right-hand-drive.

There are tons of parts, including trim pieces, that come with the sale, but again there is no motor or transmission. It#8217;s a big project, but at least it#8217;s a clean one, and as a #8217;67 this is a really early DBS. It#8217;s still never going to be worth as much as a V-8 engined car, though, and certainly not as much as the classic DB6, so this is another one that#8217;s going to take just the right kind of person with the right kind of taste.

Check out the 1967 Aston Martin DBS here on eBay. where the reserve is not yet met at $7,102.

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