DBS (1967-1972) Production Dates: October 1967 May 1972 Unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25, 1967, the William Towns designed DBS was originally only intended for limited production. In its original guise the DBS retained the six-cylinder, 3,995 cc engine, available in Standard or Vantage form as used in the DB6. However, after an announcement on 27 September, 1969 the DBS was also made available with a V8 engine, with the car being known as the DBSV8 a four-seat grand touring car, capable of 160 mph. As with the straight six, the design of the new V8 engine was the work of Tadek Marek. Apart from the change of engine, notable visual differences between the two variants included, on the DBSV8, the use of specially designed 15 light weight alloy wheels (as opposed to the distinctive wire wheels employed on the DBS), with ventilated brake discs for the first time on an Aston Martin production car. A distinguishing feature of both the DBS and DBSV8 are the four quartz iodine headlights set into an alternative version of the iconic Aston Martin grille. The DBS and the DBSV8 were produced concurrently until May 1972.