Steve Coogan’s Aston Martin DBS V8 Once Did 160mph On The M4. Now He’s Preparing To Sell It
Launched in 1967, the Aston Martin DBS was charged with the unenviable task of taking over from the successful DB6. It was initially produced concurrently with the older car and, while the William Towns-designed car looked modern and even more muscular, it wasn’t until the launch of the V8-powered DBS in 1970 that the big grand tourer got the performance it deserved. The car you see here is the original factory press car and it famously averaged 160mph over a measured mile on the then-unfinished M4. It eventually left Aston Martin in 1973 and was discovered years later in a field in Scotland in need of restoration.
This it received in the capable hands of marque specialists Chapman Spooner and has been well-cared for since. Celebrated actor and avid classic car collector Steve Coogan acquired this special car in 2011 and specialists Aston Engineering and Stratton Motor Company have ensured that it wanted for nothing during his ownership. The sonorous 320hp 5.3-liter V8 is reported to be in top condition and equipped with the rare five-speed manual transmission is sure to perform to expectations. The car retains its period Becker Mexico radio but comes with iPod connectivity.
Coogan is now ready to pass this special DBS onto its next owner and Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented, “We are delighted to have been asked by Steve Coogan to sell this magnificent and historically important car, which is in outstanding and concours condition. He is obviously famous for his acting and comedy but is also a distinguished car collector and has really looked after this DBS V8.”
This 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 is an important part of Aston’s history and a beautifully maintained example in its own right. The celebrity links don’t hurt its valuation either and it is estimated to sell for between £145,000 and £165,000. The Silverstone Classic takes place between 26 and 28 July while the auction will be held over the last two days.
Images courtesy of Silverstone Auctions