21.05.19 – This car sold pre-auction for a price of £89,000 to collector Bal.
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A five year production run from 2007-2012, the modern DBS replaced the outgoing Vanquish as the flagship car for Aston Martin.
The powertrain for this grand tourer has a displacement of 6.0L, and the engine configuration is a V12 with quad overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, outputting some 510 BHP. This is the same engine plan used in the DBR9 and DBRS9 racing cars, some real pedigree there. 0-62 MPH in 4.3 seconds, and anecdotally 3.2 seconds faster round the Top Gear track than the Vanquish its predecessor.
Along with the power, Aston Martin worked hard to keep the weight of the car down. This was achieved with extensive use of carbon fibre across the car, elements like the bonnet, boot wings etc. This combined with the chassis and structure of the car, results in 85% of weight being kept within the wheel base for improved handling.
Mr JWW of YouTube fame recently did a full review on the model, as part of a “Modern Classics” series. Take a look at what he had to say about the model too.
Simon has owned this DBS for around 9 years, having bought the car directly from Aston Martin in Reading.
He’s been lucky enough to own a number of different cars over the years, some classic Porsche, before making the move to Aston Martin. Having turned 50, he decided to treat himself to a DBS having seen and admired the design in pictures previously.
Now having enjoyed the car for a number of years, he feels like it’s a time for a change, possibly with a view to buying a Bentley Continental GT as a replacement for this grand tourer.
In Simons ownership, he’s always maintained the car servicing schedule with Aston Martin, and the car has always been dry stored and cared for as you’ll see from the videos and photographs listed below.
Finished in the special option colour of “Casino Royale” Grey, the car has both carbon fibre panels in many places, as well as carbon fibre accents on elements like the front splitter and rear diffuser. A really striking car.
Wheels & Tyres
The car is fitted with the factory 20″ wheels, and recommended Pirelli tyres. All look in excellent condition, no signs of curbing or corrosion.
Bonnet, boot and front wings are carbon fibre panels. We didnt see any imperfections in the bodywork, the shut-lines and panel gaps across the car look as they should do. Excellent condition. Take a look at the video review for the detail.
The paintwork across the car looks stunning, it really suits this model. We had to look really hard to see a couple of stone-chips on the front end of the car, and other than those tiny blemishes, the paint is unmarked.
Glass and Trim
All the glass and trim across the car is original and looks in excellent condition. The carbon fibre diffuser and front-splitter really set the car off, along with the chrome touches to the grill and wings.
Finished in black leather with black carpets, the cabin is a very smart. Chrome and a few carbon fibre touches also adorn the interior.
Seats and Carpets
The seats and carpets are both in excellent condition. Deep bolsters and some lovely “DBS” stitching on the seats, which you sink right into. We didn’t see any damage to the seats, just a bit of ageing in the leather as you would expect, nothing a bit of treatment wouldn’t fix. Take a look at the images and videos for the detailed view.
A very tidy dashboard, with the dual key slot/start stop button taking centre stage. We didn’t observe any issues with the dashboard, dials, or centre console… sublime.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The steering wheel looked great wrapped in black leather. Some nice touches like the perforated leather on the top half, and the stitching at the 12 o’clock position. The gear stick is finished in chrome. This has micro-scratches on it from use, the leather gaiter looked great. Watch the video review to see for yourself.
510 BHP coming from the 6.0L V12, and a 6 speed manual box to transfer the power to the rear wheels, power on this car is readily available and delivered.
Engine and Gearbox
The car started from cold on the button, and the V12 roared in to action. No smoke to be wary of, just a bit of vapour as you would expect. On our short run with Simon on the local dual carriageway, he went through all the gears without issue, and gave us a little symphony taking the car above 5,500 RPMs for the active bypass to kick in. Watch the video for the details.
Suspension and Brakes
As well as having ample power on tap, the car has big carbon ceramic discs all around to stop the car efficiently and further reduce weight. The car handled firm but fair on the short run, with its sports suspension set to the standard mode. No knocks, rattles, squeaks observed as you’ll see from the on the road video.
A lovely drive through the town centre and then at speed on the dual carriageway to see some of what that V12 has to offer. No issues along the way, over speed bumps and a variety of surfaces, a car the owner will enjoy from the get go.
Electrics and Other
Simon informs us that everything works on the car as it should.
The car is showing just over 16,400 miles as of 01.05.2019.
HPi Check Results
– The seller tells us the car is HPi clear and will be supported by our own HPi check.
Mileage Records – MOT/Service
– 29.05.2009 – 34 miles – Service
– 15.03.2010 – 7,815 miles – Service
– 31.05.2011 – 9,327 miles – Service
– 04.05.2012 – 10,908 miles – Service
– 02.05.2013 – 12,061 miles – Service
– 20.05.2014 – 13,499 miles – Service
– 26.05.2015 – 13,311 miles – Service
– 28.05.2016 – 14,941 miles – Service
– 22.05.2017 – 15,557 miles – Service [UPDATE: 16/05/19] Service took place on the 24th
– 15.06.2018 – 15,999 miles – Service
Elegant and powerful, this generation of DBS really hit the nail on head. Some of the Trade Classics team prefer the original classic, or Vantage/V8 as it was known, but personally the V12 and detailing on this car really do it for me.
You’ll find a few automatic cars on the market, but the manual version seems to be a rarer car to come up for sale. Tended to by Aston Martin it’s whole life, and full service history with them, this car feels like the one to get if you are in the market for a DBS of this generation. A “youngtimer” we think.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Simon the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Simon will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.