The original 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 factory press car, now owned by actor and comedian Steve Coogan, is to be put under the Hammer by Silverstone Auctions at the Silverstone Classic event on July 27-28.

Designed by William Towns the Aston Martin DBS arrived in 1969 as a four-seater V8 capable of 160mph, which at the time was being built alongside the DB6 it was intended to replace. This particular car, registered SKX 11J, was used by the factory to launch the new V8 model, and was subsequently reviewed by Motor Magazine in 1971, who achieved an average speed of 160mph on the then unfinished M4.

After leaving Aston Martin in 1973, little was known of the car’s whereabouts until it was discovered in a field in Scotland. It was subsequently fully restored, before being purchased by Coogan in 2011. Presented in Dark Blue with black leather seats and a manual gearbox, it’s said to be in superb condition and still retains the Becker-Mexico radio, but with the addition of iPod connectivity. The car’s undoubted provenance means that a new buyer is expected to part with £145,000-£165,000 to take it home.

Aston Martin DBS