A 1968 Aston Martin DBS which has sat in a barn on Jersey for the last 30 years goes up for sale at Silverstone Auctions next week with a £50-60k estimate.
The last time we had the a reason to talk about the Aston Martin DBS (that’s the DBS that was the successor to the DB6, not the modern one) was when Roger Moore’s DBS from the Persuaders came up for sale.
In the end that car sold for £553,500, not quite the sort of money a DB6 would fetch, but still very healthy money for DBS.
Now, there’s a chance to buy a similar DBS – although not one with a famous background – at more sensible money ( a £50-60k estimate) with this 1968 DBS barn find up for auction next week with Silverstone Auctions.
In fact, just like Lord Brett Sinclair’s DBS, this DBS has the original four litre twin-cam DB6 engine – rather than the new Aston Martin V8 planned – as it was launched before the new V8 was ready (as was the Persuaders car, although it was given the cosmetic tweaks of the V8) and has covered just 30,565 miles from new.
But having been put in a barn on Jersey in 1986, this DBS is wearing the patina of time (read that as a bit tatty) and there is no guarantee it will even run, but it does come with original engine and gearbox, original red leather interior (well, most of it) and factory fitted Motorola radio, power steering, fogs and spots and Air Con.
It’s a project in the waiting, and as long as you don’t go too daft on the bidding it should pay for itself even after restoration, with a good original one likely to be worth north of £150k.
And once it’s restored, you can always pretend you’re James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or Lord Brett Sinclair in the Persuaders.
The 1968 Aston Martin DBS Barn Find goes under the hammer on 20 May 2016.