The Aston Martin: From the DB1 to DB7

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The Aston Martin DBS was considered only the third truly new Aston in 18 years when it arrived in September 1967. Maw Earey/Aston Martin

David Brown’s Aston Martin concern held out for every possible sale before discarding a car design, thus hoping to realize maximum return on investment. This helps explain why the DB2 family lasted seven years and the DB4 generation lasted 12.

Thus, when the Aston Martin DBS arrived in September 1967, it was only the third truly new Aston Martin in 18 years. Even then, it wasn’t all-new, for many of its details came straight

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