The new DBS looked bang up to date compared to the now dated-looking DB6. It was larger and more aggressive than the DB6 – the Aston Martin grille had been cleverly reworked to make it more integral with the bonnet line, and the twin headlamps were set into the sides of the grille.

The chassis was essentially that of the DB6, albeit widened and lengthened. As ever, the bodywork was hand-formed from aluminium.

The DBS looked a mean muscle car but, unfortunately, under that huge bonnet lay the same six-cylinder engine used in the DB6. Aston Martin was working on a new V8 engine but it wasn’t ready, which is why the six had to suffice.

By 1969, however, the new engine was ready and was used in the DBS V8.This 5.3 litre unit featured twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and fuel injection, producing 320bhp and powering the car 160mph.

The six-cylinder variant continued to be offered alongside the V8 and, confusingly, went on to be badged ‘Vantage’ from 1972, even though the name was usually reserved for high-performance models. The DBS badge was also dropped from the V8 models, which became known as the Aston Martin V8.

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