Aston Martin DBS

The original Aston Martin DBS was the car that followed the DB6 and was produced between 1967 and 1972.

Aston Martin DBS, photo by Rundvald
Aston Martin DBS, photo by Rundvald

A straight six 4.0 litre engine was offered from the start generating 282 bhp with a Vantage version pushing power up to 325 bhp


In 1969 a DBS V8 was introduced with a 5.3 litre engine which morphed into the V8 in 1973 with minor styling changes and became the main Aston Martin until 1989.

It was quite a large car and would seat four people in comfort:

Length 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,330 mm (52.4 in)
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Curb weight 1,590 kg (3,510 lb)

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Role In Popular Culture

It’s unfortunate that Aston Martin revived the DBS name for a high performance version of the DB9 made between 2007 and 2012. This was the car seen in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

However this earlier DBS was featured in the George Lazenby film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It also appeared briefly in Diamonds Are Forever.

The car is most famous for its appearance in the TV series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis, The Persuaders.

The Persuaders car chase with Lord Brett Sinclair in his Aston against the Ferari Dino driven by Danny Wilde.

Nice still shots of the car that let you see the design details.

Scale Models Of The Aston Martin DBS

I’ve seen the following models offered for sale:

  • 1:43 Minichamps OHMSS
  • 1:43 Universal Hobbies – OHMSS
  • scale unknown – Corgi OHMSS
  • scale unknown – Corgi The Persuaders

I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:

eBay and

Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America

Please check the search results carefully and change the criteria if necessary. Searches are confused by the more modern DBS although the two cars look different. The James Bond film link can help.

Is The Aston Martin DBS One Of The Sexiest Cars Ever Made?

It’s a good looking car and with the link to James Bond and The Persuaders, it was also fashionable.

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