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Barn find sold for 43,240

The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line, which was found in a barn in Surrey, was sold for £43,240 by international auctioneers COYS at their Spring Classics auction in London on March 10.

The car had been sitting in a barn since 1980 and was discovered by Chris Routledge, the Managing Partner of the auction house, who said: "A great ending to a fantastic story. The car has been sold to an Aston Martin collector who is so excited about having the opportunity to restore the very last production DBS that has almost started to do the work in the auction room."

Finished in its original factory colour of Dubonnet Rosso, DBS 5829 R has the build date of September 1972 and bares the Chassis Number for the last ever DBS to roll off the production line. The car has been unused and dry stored since 1980. It underwent minor servicing in 1990, for which there are detailed service invoices.

The car has an automatic gearbox, Waso steering lock and Voxon stereo It was purchased by an Aston Martin Enthusiast, Mr. Bass Senior (who was also the proud owner of one of the very rare DBS3s) in 1975 from Guy Salmon in Thames Ditton and has remained in the family ever since.

It has an odometer reading of just over 40,000 miles and was estimated at £25,000 - £40,000.

Aston Martin developed the DBS as an addition to their range in response to customer requests for a roomier more comfortable car, initially in tandem with their forthcoming V8 engine. However, problems with the V8 programme meant the car was launched to great acclaim at the October 1967 London Motor Show using their existing 4-litre straight-six engine.

It was based on an enlarged DB6 platform chassis but used De Dion rear suspension and was clothed in a masterfully elegant shape by young English designer William Towns. Its ride and handling more than made up for the fact that it was slightly slower than the smaller DB6 it eventually supplanted. Contemporary road testers proclaimed the DBS to be one of the great GTs of the era.

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