As­ton barn find of the year

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - John West­lake www.sil­ver­stoneauc­

An As­ton Martin DBS that racked up most of its 30,565 miles be­low 40mph has been dis­cov­ered in a barn af­ter be­ing aban­doned for 30 years.

The 1968 car was un­earthed in Jersey – where the max­i­mum speed limit is 40mph – af­ter its owner, a Mr Pasqua, died. He had driven the car into his barn (well, more of a vast lock-up) in 1986 af­ter first fall­ing ill and it sat there un­til be­ing re­cov­ered ear­lier this month. It is be­ing sold in a Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ sale this Fri­day, 20 May.

Mr Pasqua’s barn was clearly not the most wa­ter-tight judg­ing by the con­di­tion of the DBS. Though very orig­i­nal – the Mink Bronze paint­work and red Con­nolly in­te­rior look un­mo­lested – the car has clearly suf­fered from cor­ro­sion and is in need of a full restora­tion. The car’s me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion is un­known, though the orig­i­nal 3995cc six-cylin­der twin-cam en­gine and Borg Warner au­to­matic gear­box ap­pear in­tact so the car is fun­da­men­tally com­plete.

The orig­i­nal fac­tory build sheet con­firms it was de­liv­ered on 5 Novem­ber 1968 to its first owner in Sur­rey, ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion­eers. Fac­tory op­tions ap­par­ently in­cluded Motorola Ra­dio, power as­sisted steer­ing, fog and spot lamps, and air con­di­tion­ing. It was pur­chased by Mr Pasqua and reg­is­tered in Jersey in April 1970.

As­ton Martin launched the alu­mini­um­bod­ied four-seater DBS at the 1967 Motor Show. It was styled by Wil­liam Towns and was longer, wider and more lux­u­ri­ous than the DB6 it re­placed. It also han­dled bet­ter thanks to a in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion: wish­bone and coil springs at the front, De Dion with Watts link­age at the rear. Pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued un­til 1972.

This 1968 As­ton Martin DBS is fun­da­men­tally com­plete, but is in need of a full restora­tion.

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