The last ever original Aston Martin DBS to roll off the production line is to be offered at auction after being found languishing in a barn in Surrey.
Built in September 1972, DBS 5829 R – as it has been identified – is finished in its original 'Dubonnet Rosso' red. It has been sat in dry storage, unused since 1980, and only left the garage for servicing work in 1990. The odometer records just over 40,000 miles.
Purchased by an Aston Martin enthusiast in 1975, the DBS is specified with an automatic gearbox and upgraded Voxon stereo. Under the bonnet sits Aston's venerable 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol motor.
Designed by William Towns (the same man responsible for the striking and futuristic Aston Martin Lagonda), the DBS was a response by the company to customer requests for a more commodious GT car than the smaller DB6.
Coys Auctions managing partner Chris Routledge, who found the car, said: "This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin's history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory."
"We have estimated the car at £25,000 to £40,000 in its present condition but because of its heritage it could go for an awful lot more than that."
The Aston Martin DBS will go under the hammer at the Coys 'Spring Classics' auction at the Royal Horticultural Society, Westminster, on March 10.