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A Brief History of the Aston Martin Dbs

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The British car industry which in the fifties and sixties was among the top car manufacturing hubs in the world has badly slipped and now produces just a fraction of the global cars manufactured. The country that is dominating the world car market is China which has left both the USA and Japan the earlier big guns far behind. Not only this the Chinese are wealthy predators and are buying auto companies that are closing down. An example is the famous Morris Garages of the UK which is now a Chinese company.

Thankfully one of the premier car companies of the UK though in dire states at one stage has managed to pull through and is back in business. This is the Aston Martin a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars. It is one of the oldest car companies in the world having been founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.

Over the decades it has built up a formidable reputation as a manufacturer of luxury sports cars. The company took a nosedive after 1970 and reached its nadir in 1993 when only 43 cars were produced. To bale, the company out a consortium of investors led by David Richards paid £479 million for a 90% stake in the company. That's a long way back. There are further developments and a consortium led by billionaire Lawrence Stroll has bought a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin for £182 million - sparking a major revamp of the firm's future product plan.


The cars

The Aston Martin is one of the top luxury car brands. It has iconic car status and its name is associated with the character James Bond, the super spy also known as 007, the man with the license to kill.

The company has produced many marquee models, but the the Aston Martin DBS has carved a niche of its own. This is the car I shall discuss. While in England in 2016, I had the chance to drive this car and it was something I can never forget.

The car is a GT sports car and was manufactured from 1967 to 1972. The basic aim of the company was to manufacture the DBS as a successor to the Martin DB 6. The two were manufactured concurrently for about 3 years. The DBS production ceased in 1972, as the company brought in the Aston Martin Vantage.

What do the initials DB stand for ?DB are the initials of David Brown, the man who bought Aston Martin in the 1940s. And, of course, he decided to give the car his name. David Brown was an English businessman who bought Aston Martin in 1947.

The DBS had four luxurious seats. However Aston Martin made no change in the power plant of the car. Powered by a straight-6 engine 4.0 L engine, the DBS sported the same engine of the DB 6. The DBS developed 325 bhp with a Weber Carburetor. Base models sported the 282 bhp engine.

Aston Martin wished to give the DBS a more modern look. It sported a fastback style rear end and squared off front grille.

Aston Martin made further innovations in its power plant and in September 1969, the DBS was launched with a 5340cc V8 engine. This variant was popularly referred to as the DBS V8. In 1969, it was the speediest 4 seat sports car in the world.

The DBS had a chequered history with the film industry. It was used by George Lazenby as James Bond in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. The car was also part of the Bond film with Sean Connery in ‘Diamonds are Forever’.

Aston Martin launched a new DBS model in 2007, based on the DB9. The car sported a V 12 engine which developed 512 bhp and has a top speed of 191 mph. The car was equipped with a carbon fiber diffuser and an integrated real spoiler. It also had a six speed manual gear box. The latest model has an optional Bang and Olufsen sound system with 13 speakers and 2 tweeters. The car features in the 2008 Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’.

The DBS has a tremendous market value and connoisseurs will pay a pile to own one.

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Aston Martin is well on road in the 21st century. It has been launching latest models that have a name in the luxury car segment. Among the popular cars launched is the DBS 11 priced at over $250,000. The cheapest version has a base price of nearly $200,000. That's a lot of money but there are people in line to buy the model. The DBS 11 latest version will hit the road this year by November. However, there are no hard and fast rules as far as dates are concerned. The car is also being launched in India and its price will be more than the Rolls Royce. The car will have a top speed of 211 MPH churning out a mammoth 715 BHP and will race from 0-62 MPH in 3.4 seconds.

I love cars and feel I am one of the privileged ones having Mustang, BMW, and Chinese SUV, and other cars.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on July 25, 2021:

Thanks, Devika, for commenting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 25, 2021:

emge I like the cars and your information is interesting and informative about the Aston Martin. It is a beautiful small car.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on July 24, 2021:

Peggy, thank you, for sharing your opinion

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on July 24, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, so nice you commented. Yes, these are pricey cars and not for ordinary folks.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2021:

I remember seeing those cars in the Bond films. It must have been fun getting to drive one!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2021:

This is a very interesting article, MG, Of course, this is not an automobile that is affordable for many of us, but it is nice to know about the company's history.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on July 24, 2021:

Thanks, Jack, great to remember me. You back in England? yes, I sold the Cadillac as I was moving to Singapore. It was an awesome car with a output of 600 BHP

Jack Elsdon on July 24, 2021:

Great article MG, I do recollect meeting you in 2017. You also had a Cadillac, have you sold it ?

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