Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 320bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out.
Excluding prototype and development cars, chassis number '10053' is the 53rd Aston Martin DBS V8 built. The car is recorded as being owned by a Miss D McCann in its early life, and later on was sold by British Schedule Motors in Melbourne, Australia into an owner in New South Wales (NSW) where it was registered 'LSH 958'.
In June 1982 a new windscreen was fitted, the front suspension serviced, and new hydraulic hoses installed. These works were carried out by Vantage Automotive in Kingswood, NSW, a company run by ex-AML engineer, Jim Corrie. The DBS is believed to have been sold by Greens Auctions in Sydney at 29,000 miles on 22nd October 1982.
The car then spent many years in storage before resurfacing in April 1997 in Melbourne - in sound condition but requiring some re-commissioning. Over the next 17 years the car was carefully and beautifully refinished in Dubonnet Rosso; the fuel injection system replaced with a superior later version; a new fuel pump fitted; and many worn parts renewed. In April 2015, with an indicated mileage of 57,812, '10053' was exported to Europe.
With beautiful bodywork and an appealing magnolia leather interior, this early DBS V8 is described by the vendor as in excellent condition, driving well. The original fuel injection system is included in the sale.