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Aston Martin DBS V8 'Sotheby Special' heads for auction

One of just three Ogle-designed show-cars, unseen for 40 years, heads to auction with H&H

A rare 1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 has been uncovered after 40 years, ahead of its forthcoming sale this year.

One of only three cars, the ‘Sotheby Special’ was the first of two originally commissioned by the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company to promote ‘Sotheby’s Special Reserve’ cigarettes.

Stored in secret for 40 years, the car is to be offered by H&H Classics at its Duxford sale later this year, with a price estimate of £100,000 - 120,000.

A vision in its original dark blue paintwork with gold pinstriping, the Sotheby Special was based on an Aston Martin DBS V8 chassis (DBSV8/10380/R), with outrageous 1970s glassfibre coachwork supported on a Reynolds 531 tubular steel frame. The entire ‘glasshouse’ is in Perspex.

Under the bonnet lies an early prototype Aston Martin V8, while the cockpit is decked in bright green, courtesy of ‘banquette’ seating in hardwearing Moquette – a type of material used on public service vehicles such as buses and trains of time.

The DBSV8 was penned by Ogle Design- the same design studio responsible for the Raleigh Chopper bike, Reliant’s Scimitar GTE and the Bond Bug. One of Ogle’s standout features on the car was the strip of 22 rear lights. The harder the driver pressed the brake pedal the more lights were lit up.

The car arrives at auction in need of restoration, and a lot of work if it is to return to the ‘show car’ level of condition it was originally produced to appear in.

The Aston will join the headlining Colton Collection Ferraris at H&H Classics’ auction, which will take place on 14 October.

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