The 2000s were a vibrant period of change and growth for Aston Martin, with reorganization of its production facilities, a successful return to factory-backed racing, and the launch of a succession of stunning new models. The modern DBS, named in homage to Aston Martin’s ground-breaking GT coupe of 1967-72, was designed by Marek Reichman and Henrik Fisker and succeeded the V12 Vanquish in 2007. A high-profile launch at the August 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was followed by the first customer deliveries in the first quarter of 2008. Described by Aston Martin Heritage as a “…hardcore derivative of the DB9 with the emphasis on the driver,” the DBS remains a tour de force of design, technology, and – above all – Supercar performance with impeccable luxury and quality.
Built-in lightness included extensive use of carbon fiber for the body panels, finished in a special ‘Surface Veil’ process including application of a thin layer of epoxy resin and glass to each panel, ensuring the smoothest final paint finish possible. The driver-focused interior also featured carbon fiber fittings, lightweight leather upholstery, and seating for just two. A rear seat would subsequently become a factory option.
Massive performance was provided by a 510 HP development of Aston’s 6.0L V-12 engine, with power initially delivered to a limited-slip rear axle via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic was first offered for 2008, with paddle-shift capability. Acceleration was heightened with use of a shorter final-drive ratio optimized for all-around performance. Speaking of performance, factory figures cite a 191-mph top speed and 0-60 acceleration in just 4.3 seconds. New carbon ceramic matrix brake discs provided competition-inspired stopping power while saving 28 pounds of unsprung weight and consequently sharpened handling characteristics. Lowered underpinnings, wide front and rear tracks, and new adaptive damping with five driver-adjustable le settings provided matchless handling and response.
Continuing Aston Martin’s everlasting association with the James Bond/007 movie franchise, the DBS made its high-profile media debut as Daniel Craig’s vehicular co-star in Casino Royale in 2006. In a spectacular movie crash sequence, stunt driver Adam Kirley set a new world record with a DBS, executing eight rolls in mid-air. The DBS returned for Quantum of Solace, the next Bond movie, losing a door during a chase sequence. The glamorous DBS Volante convertible debuted at the March 2009 Geneva Motor Show, followed by display at the August 2009 edition of the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. DBS production continued through 2012; this 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante is a compelling, collector-grade example throughout.
Finished in rare, non-metallic Solid Black paintwork over Black leather upholstery, this 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante is a top-quality example with only 8,600 original miles on the odometer. Pristine and undamaged throughout, it clearly benefits handsomely from careful ownership, adult use, and proper maintenance. Upon inspection, the carbon-fiber front fascia covers, spoilers, and air splitters are unmarked, undamaged, and pristine, as are the vehicle’s beautiful alloy wheels and interior upholstery. Clear bra protective film was applied only to the acrylic headlamp covers of the vehicle, resulting in their remarkably “as new” condition today. Additionally, this DBS retains the rare and hard-to-replace leather valise cover for the central “crystal key,” plus such factory items as the air deflector within its proper storage bag, battery conditioner, First Air kit, factory-supplied car cover, and unused front license plate holder. Of course, factory-issued books and manuals are included. This DBS even comes with the factory-supplied AM Logo etched handled umbrella should you ever encounter inclement weather!
A true modern-day collectible, this 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante is an outstanding find for marque enthusiasts and collectors from every possible standpoint. From its rare and handsome paint finish to its wonderful condition, quality, luxury, and stunning all-around performance, this example is beyond question, one of the finest available today.