1971 Aston Martin DBS V8


  • Very rare DBS V8 project for completion 
  • One of only 402 factory DBS V8s 
  • Much of the work already done 
  • Lots of history carefully traced by vendor 
  • Supplied with upgraded MOPAR engine 

The Appeal 

The Aston Martin DBS was ground-breaking for the firm, its modern fastback styling catapulting the firm into the Mustang era. 
It was also meant to be new under the bonnet too where buyers would find the firm’s new Tadek Marek designed V8. Production delays meant that arrived two years later, transforming the DBS into a thoroughly modern machine. It was an engine so good that it made the DBS V8 the fastest production car in the world at the time and powered the firm’s cars until the 1990s. 
Just 402 DBS V8s were factory built between 27th September 1969 and May 1972. These cars, with their blend of that engine and the early fastback aesthetics, are particularly sought after. 
Here is one of them, a very interesting project for enthusiasts. Stripped for restoration, some of the work has already but it leaves scope for the buyer to make their mark.  It is mostly complete, with options available for completion.  

The History and Paperwork 

  • UK car first DVLA registered on 8th November 1971 
  • Nine owners 
  • Current owner since 24th February 2023 who has begun the restoration process 
  • The vendor has traced all the owners 
  • He notes the car began life as rare Aegean Blue before later being painted red then silver 
  • The DVLA notes a colour change to red on 17th October 2007 
  • The original factory build sheet is provided enabling buyers to track originality 
  • Original service manuals and folders included 
  • Old magazines featuring the car in previous colour in the early 2000s 
  • There is no MOT history available for the car 
VIN records confirm that this is a genuine factory DBS V8, one of the last built before production ended in May 1972 when the car was replaced with the V8 coupe. 
Since acquiring the car the vendor has begun what he describes as a ‘high level restoration’ which has included stripping the car back to bare metal and undertaking a careful metal refurbishment.  His focus has been on bodywork originality. 
He explains that the car is now sold ‘fully exposed’ to show its honesty. He has spent time tracking down the parts the car needs and also labelling all parts sourced and removed so that they can be easily reassembled. 
We are told that from the A pillars back the car is now ready for light bodywork finishing and then preparation in primer. However the front still needs attention, including sourcing panels and repairing previous welding work. The vendor has a contact who can provide the missing panels for £1,500. 
The engine supplied with the car is not the original Aston Martin V8. The car is supplied with what the vendor describes as a MOPAR V8, The vendor has invested heavily in performance parts for this engine so that it offers a lighter and more powerful experience than the original engine. 
Part of the appeal of this car is that it could be rebuilt with this engine, exploring the potential of that motor, or fitted with a genuine factory V8, which should be relatively easy to source.  

The Condition 

  • This is obviously a restoration project with much work already done as detailed above 
  • The front of the car is incomplete but the vendor has a source for these parts 
  • The car is supplied with its original interior show in photos and patinated 
  • The driver’s seat displays a small tear 
  • The dashboard and dials are also included and in well kept, original condition 
  • A new carpet set is supplied made, trimmed and cut to size by Aston Martin 

The Mechanics 

  • Supplied with a partially rebuilt MOPAR V8 incorporating performance parts 
  • The vendor says he has invested significantly in upgrading this motor 
  • The work can be completed by the vendor if required 
  • The DVLA records the car as fitted with a 5.9litre engine 
  • This car would originally have had a 5,340cc 320bhp fuel injected Aston Martin engine 
  • In period these engines had reliability problems 
  • Some buyers would replace them with more reliable and more common MOPAR engines 
  • The car’s original gearbox is included 


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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1971
  • Make Aston Martin
  • Model DBS
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 5900
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Woodbridge
  • Location Suffolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 7 bidders
  • Sp•••• £25,000 04/12/23
  • ry•••• £22,000 04/12/23
  • jo•••• £21,000 03/12/23
  • jo•••• £20,000 03/12/23
  • al•••• £14,000 30/11/23
  • mi•••• £5,200 29/11/23
  • Gl•••• £5,000 27/11/23
  • su•••• £4,000 27/11/23
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