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Last Aston Martin DBS produced to go under the hammer

The final Aston Martin DBS to roll off the production line in September 1972 has been found in a Surrey barn. It will be auctioned in Coys Spring Classics sale on 10 March.

The DBS was bought by its current - and only second - owner in 1975 from Guy Salmon in Thames Ditton. It has remained in the same family until now, and been stored for the past 35 years.

Some renovation and servicing work costing more than £8,500 was carried out by Aston Martin in 1990, but otherwise the car appears to be totally unrestored. It still sports the original Dubonnet Rosso paintwork, and has the original 4-litre straight-six engine and automatic gearbox, as well as a Waso steering lock and Voxon stereo. The odometer shows 40,000 miles.

Chris Routledge, managing partner of Coys Auctioneers, found the car and verified its authenticity. He commented: ‘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.

‘The windows are broken, some of the interior trim is missing and it’s rusty, but it’s all there; there has been huge interest from collectors around the world.’

Coys estimates the car will sell for £25,000-£40,000, although it could achieve far more because of its heritage.

That certainly could be true when you consider that last month Coys sold a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage saloon for more than £160,000. The car had been restored and uprated to 4.2-litres for Ant Anstead of the For the Love of Cars TV series.

The barn-find Aston is one of 48 cars being sold at the Coys Spring Classics sale at the Royal Horticultural Society in London. Other interesting cars on offer include a 1991 Aston Martin Virage with less than 1,000 miles, an ex-works 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera and a two-owner 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL.

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By Claire Evans

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