Aston Martin DBS woken from 30-year slumber


It’s open season for barn-find classics, and the latest to be exhumed from long-term storage is an early Aston Martin DBS, which is set to star at Silverstone Auctions’ 20 May event. 

The 1968 car was discovered in a barn on the island of Jersey, where it had remained untouched and away from prying eyes for three decades. The car had only been with its first owner for two years before being bought by Mr Pasqua, who registered the DBS in Jersey in 1970. It was used to traverse the nine-mile-long and five-mile-wide island until 1986, during which time it accumulated just over 30,000 miles. It remained undisturbed until recently. 

The right-hand-drive, six-cylinder Aston is finished in Mink Bronze paired with a red Connolly leather interior, with a Motorola radio, Borg Warner automatic gearbox, power assisted steering, auxiliary lamps and air conditioning all being specified when new. 

Despite its fabulously original condition, it’s likely to require a healthy investment on top of its £50-60,000 pre-sale estimate to return it to its best. The mechanical condition of the car is unknown.

“This is one of the most exciting barn-finds of the year so far,” said managing director Nick Whale. “Having been left untouched for the past 30 years this DBS certainly needs restorative care, but to find an iconic car such as this intact with its original features is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a desirable early car, which is prime for restoration or to rebuild to their own specification.” 

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