Aston Martin DBS Rediscovered After Decades In Barn
The last, original, Aston Martin DBS to roll off the production line has been found in a barn where it sat for 35 years. It is now on show at a branded dealership and will soon be sold at auction.
The DBS requires complete restoration. Its Dubonnet Rosso (maroon) bodywork has numerous imperfections and some of the glass is broken. It is also missing interior trim. The headlights and front indicators have been removed too. Furthermore, the 4.0-litre straight-6 engine – that has only covered about 40,000 miles - the automatic gearbox and other mechanicals require love and attention.
This Aston Martin DBS was built in September 1972 then purchased by Guy Salmon. Its second owner – Bass Senior who also had an extremely rare DBS3 – bought it in 1975. In 1980, it was placed into storage in a barn in Surrey. It has since remained in the same family. In 1990, the car was partially restored by a specialist at a cost of £8,500 - but not to the point it could be recommissioned.
In its prime, the DBS produced 280bhp at 4500rpm, hit 62mph in 7.1 seconds and reached 140mph. The original price was about £4,500.
The DBS is now on show at the Aston Martin Mayfair Dealership. It is parked next to a bale of hay to emphasise its history. Head of Business, Nik Boxall, explained: “The Aston Martins that normally grace our showrooms are always pristine and in top condition, but this car is very special and it is part of Aston Martin Heritage.” He concluded that: “Somebody will buy it, restore it and then we would love to have it back so that people can see the difference.”
For Sale By Auction
This rare vehicle is part of COYS Spring Classics Auction that takes place on March 10th 2015 at the Royal Horticultural Society. Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of the Auction House – explained: “This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin’s history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory.” He added: “There has been huge interest from collectors around the world” and has estimated the sale price to be £25,000 to £40,000. However, he explained: “Because of its heritage it could go for an awful lot more”.