DBSV8 Facts & Figures

It was hailed as the Worlds fastest saloon car at the time, with 0-60 at 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 169 MPH.

uilt at Newport Pagnell in the U.K. on a Harold Beech box section chassis with steel superstructure and aluminium body designed in house by William Towns in 1966 it was launched in 1967 at the British Motor show in Earls Court with the original Aston 4.0, 6-Cylinder as the DBS. Then eventually launched after a two year wait with the Tadek Marek designed 5.3 V8 as the  DBS-V8.

Using a 5340cc all alloy chain driven Quad cam 90° V8 with a bore and stroke of 100mm x 85mm, Bosch mechanical fuel injection producing up to 345bhp with Bosch high pressure fuel pump and torque output of 360lb/ft.

Available with 5 speed ZF manual gearbox with single 10¼ clutch plate or 3 speed Torqueflight automatic.

Power is transmitted to the rear using a De-Dion tube arrangement with twin radius rods; Watts linkage, coil springs and Armstrong lever arm Selecta ride shock absorbers.

Front suspension consists of Independent double wishbones, anti roll bar and Koni shock absorbers with steering by Adwest power-assisted rack and pinion.

Brakes are 3-pot caliper and vented disc 10¾ at the front and 3-pot caliper and vented 10⅜ inboard disc at the rear with twin circuit hydraulic system fed by twin servo.

Wheels are 7"x15" GKN cast alloy with 6" pcd with GR70VR (225/70) Pirelli Cinturato

 (original fitment).

Dimensions: Length: 15ft ½in (4,585mm). Width 6ft 0in (1,829mm). Wheelbase 8ft 6¾in (2,610mm). Track 4ft 11in (1,499mm) Height 4ft 4¼in (1,327mm) Weight 1739Kg

Coolaire Air conditioning as standard from late 1971, optional before mid 1971.