As dedicated fans of mechanically sound but otherwise rough classics, this ’69 Aston Martin DBS has us going “hmmm”. In place of the original 280ish HP 4.0L I-6, the motor and 5-speed stick from a 2001 Bullitt Edition Mustang’s been swapped in. One might point out that the 01 Bullitt made a mere 265HP, but one would be forgetting that in ’01 cars were rated using the SAE Net method, while ’69 motor’s numbers were SAE Gross (aka massively optimistic). We’d call it at least even, if not give the ‘Stang motor the edge. That, and this one will actually start and run when you want it to.
The interior on this example is a classy black and looks to be in good shape. The only worrying part (aside from angry the mob of AM devotees hunting you down) is the rust in the rocker panels that appears to be on the verge of being a structural issue. Then, there’s the price: bidding’s still low, but the Buy It Now of $30k seems mighty optimistic, and suggests a mid-to-high 20s reserve. In our minds, this is more like a $15-20k car, given the swap and the bodywork that’ll need to be done.
What say you, hoons? Awesome opportunity to chase bad guys through The City while talking to Q on your watch videophone or blasphemous waste of a classic?
Edit: Might help if we added the link: eBay Motors