Aston Martin DBS V8 is perhaps most famous in the yellow suit on the 1971 TV show The Persuaders. Being a big fan of the show a Norwegian collector had to have this car. When he found a specimen in California he had to act fast to bring it home to Norway.
Building a vast collection of cars throughout the years he is still looking for the next one. There is as much joy in a Ford that there is in a Ferrari, he tells me. Satisfaction is achieved through the research and the hunt. His network all around the world looks for his next dream car. In his eyes Aston Martin is still the ultimate car manufacture. Their design language is refined and their skills as engine builders is unsurpassed.
A true enthusiast and collector in other words.
He was waiting on the docks back in 2007 when the ship arrived with his Aston Martin DBS V8. At the time it was winter in Norway and when they pulled the car off the ship there were two fat stripes of rust in its snowy trails. With a chassis made of steel and a body made from aluminum, the Aston Martin DBS is vulnerable to corrosion. The joint between these two metals are separated by gaskets on the DBS and those gaskets were decayed. The DBS had rusted in the humid California weather. Rotten with rust and the restoration had to begin.
In restoration all original parts were used if possible. Thankfully, Aston Martin keeps original drawings and parts specs, the owner tells me. He had several parts custom-made by Aston Martin. It is not cheap to restore a car like this, but totally worth it, he says. Now the car appears close to perfect.
Aston Martin DBS V8 was a popular car of its time. 40 cars were made for the American market with left-hand drive. About 400 were made in total with the V8 engine.
Aston Martin DBS V8 was a natural development from the DBS with the straight 6 engine, and they do look pretty similar. Aston Martin themselves claim that they intended to start production with the V8 from the beginning, but the DBS was presented initially with a smaller engine in 1967.
In 1969 Aston Martin introduced the V8 engine. With a capacity of 5340 cc and sparking 320 hp this car was the fastest 4 seater production car in the world at the time. Tadek Marek had designed the new V8 engine that would be the base of Aston Martin engines for the next 20 years.
You can easily spot the difference on the rims. The straight 6 have beautiful wire wheels while the V8 have light alloy wheels.
Aston Martin DBS V8 was the last model to have the David Brown name to it. David Brown bought the Aston Martin brand back in 1947 and he created the DB series. He then brought the Aston Martin brand into the luxury car segment. Financial troubles made sure both Aston Martin and Lagonda were sold off to new owners in 1972. David Brown is still honoured by the abbreviation DB when naming new models.