• Last of the David Brown era Astons
  • Enjoy 'as is' or restore
  • Chance to own a classic 'DB Aston' at a realistic price

Aston Martin enthusiasts daunted by the soaring International prices of classic David Brown-era DB4, DB5 and DB6 models, take heart.

A 1968, carburettor-equipped, six cylinder DBS model is coming from long-term ownership to Shannons Sydney Summer Auction on February 17, where it is expected to sell with 'no reserve' in the $35,000- $45,000 range.

Finished in distinctive Pacific Blue and delivered by H R Owen in London  with automatic transmission, this exciting 'Barn Find' Aston has been off the radar of enthusiasts for decades.

Yet while it is being offered by its long-term owner as a restoration project, the DBS runs and drives well according to Shannons, who say it could be tidied up and happily used as is, or fully restored to its former glory.

Cementing its attraction to collectors, the DBS has a special place in Aston Martin history as the last DB model to be developed under David Brown's control.

When launched in 1967, it was intended as the V8-engined successor to the DB6, but instead shared the same 4.0 litre Tadek Marek-designed DOHC in-line-six cylinder engine during the three years it and the DB6 were produced concurrently.

The DBS found fame during this time, when it featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and also in the TV series TV series The Persuaders!, in which Roger Moore's character Lord Brett Sinclair drove a distinctive Bahama Yellow 6-cylinder DBS. 

With just 787 produced from 1967–1972, the DBS being auctioned is a rare classic that at its anticipated $35,000- $45,000 auction guiding price range should remain a rewarding and appreciating classic in the years to come.

To view all Shannons February 17 Sydney Summer Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

For more auction information contact: Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179, or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180

For media information and publication-quality photos, please contact:  Michael Browning 0418 324 328

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