For Sale: 1969 Aston Martin DBS in Houston, Texas

Vehicle Description

1969 Aston Martin DBS

Chassis No. DBS/5271/LAC
Engine No. 400/3976/S (Numbers-Matching)
Gearbox No. S5/325/2453 (Numbers-Matching)

1 of 787 Examples Produced between 1967-1972
Of Total Production Only 181 Examples Produced where Left-Hand Drive
Extremely Rare Factory Delivered in LHD w/ 5-SPD Manual Transmission
The Successor to the DB6 Powered by the Same Type DB6 Six Cylinder Engine
30 Years of Single Ownership with Accompanying Documentation
Numbers-Matching Engine & Original Colors
2006-2008 Photo Documented Engine Rebuild
Includes Aston Martin - BMI Heritage Trust Certificate & Binder
Known History from New with Extensive Documentation File
Three Decades of Fastidious Mechanical Upkeep
Recent Inspection, Tune-Up & Extensive Detailing
Complete with Original Books, Tools, Jack & Spare
Rocker Panels Repaired in 2020.

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited introduced the DBS in 1967 as a transition from the DB6 model to the new era of Aston Martin. The new DBS featured a larger wheelbase & square full-width grille with a 4-seat coupe configuration, while powered by DB6's iconic 4.0L 6-cylinder inline engine delivering 286 hp and reaching a top speed of 141 mph. Thanks to its impressive exterior design, the car was used in several Hollywood productions including James Bond's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'The Persuaders' TV Series. The DBS namesake is still used today as homage to this brilliant model.
Last of the David Brown Astons

The Aston Martin presented here is considered the ideal gentleman's DBS, finished in Dubonnet Russo over Black leatherwork on wire wheels lavishly equipped with power windows, power assisted steering, air conditioning, Fiamm horns, rear lapbelts, headrests and radio. Additionally, the DBS was delivered in the extremely rare and sought after LHD configuration with 5-SPD manual transmission. DBS/5271/LAC was built February 7, 1969 and dispatched on March 13, 1969 as a LHD North American Export, through Aston Martin Lagonda Inc., for Rollston Motors. The Certificate of Ownership located in the Service Voucher booklet records this DBS as sold new to Aston Martin Lagonda Sales Inc. New York, NY, through Aston Martin Lagonda Inc., King of Prussia, PA.

Likely a dealer demonstration vehicle, the Aston Martin was serviced in Pennsylvania for a year, eventually making its way to Texas. Recorded history for this fantastic DBS is traced back to corporate ownership by Maretta Oil Company, Honda of Midland, followed by a transfer to Nickel Lease Inc., Larry Hertwell, and ultimately its long caretaker, Mr. P.E. Ridley of Mesquite, Texas. Ridley was sure to maintain the car throughout the years, as documented in a large accompanying dossier of servicing records and invoices sequentially dating to his purchase - all while residing in Texas. Several handwritten notes and service notations inside the Aston's Service voucher track care given through the 1970's.

Between 2006-2008 the DBS received an engine-out rebuild by British auto expert Richard Wright in Dallas, TX and was also upgraded with a symphony of Weber carburetors similar to the Vantage Specification version. Well suited for distant touring and all-around spirited driving, this DBS remains true to original form with correct factory equipment, body panels, Tri-Plex etched glass and livery. In the past decade, the car has received a significant amount of mechanical freshening to all systems for continued reliability. In the Fall/Winter of 2017, DBS/5271/LAC was given a scheduled service to all systems, including the fuel, ignition, electrical, braking and air conditioning. Its chrome wire wheels were recently shod with correct Pirelli Cinturato HS CN12 tires over Michelin tubes, whilst the stopping duties are equally well taken care of by the fully rebuilt factory brake system by Karps Power Brake Service. A further February 2019 tune-up and shakedown assured continued excellent drivability. In February 2020, the car's lower boxed rockers, an often-problematic corrosion point for these models, were properly cut out and replaced by artisans at MetalCraft Racing in Houston, TX. The DBS remains exceptionally solid throughout the body, frame, pans and undercarriage. Cavallo Auto Salon of Houston, TX performed a paint correction in February, 2020.

The lush cabin features black leather surfaces throughout, complemented by power amenities, cold air conditioning and period Blaupunkt radio. A meticulous detail and polishing of the paintwork were performed in preparation for the sale. The unspoiled and original luggage compartment is complete with original emergency equipment and spare assembly.

Engine Compression Results
PSI/Cylinder
1. 160 PSI
2. 160 PSI
3. 170 PSI
4. 165 PSI
5. 170 PSI
6. 165 PSI

Supplementing the DBS is its original Instruction Book, Parts Catalogue, Workshop Manual and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate - verifying the vehicle's factory configuration.

$142,500.00
Offers/Trades Welcomed

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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1343756
  • Price:$142,500
  • Location:Houston, Texas
  • Year:1969
  • Make:Aston Martin
  • Model:DBS
  • Exterior Color:MAR
  • Interior Color:BLK
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:D1883
  • VIN:DBS54271LAC

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