A Midland-made car that was most definitely one of the stars in the classic seventies TV show The Persuaders! will get its first public outing in decades when it goes on show at an event to celebrate some of the racing world’s masterpieces.

The Aston Martin DBS driven by Roger Moore in his role as Lord Brett Sinclair in the series recently fetched a record sum when it was sold at auction.

The eye-catching Bahama Yellow creation was sold for £533,000 – a new record for a DBS – at the Bonhams annual auction at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

The famous DBS will have its first public outing since the sale this summer, when it features at the Salute to Style summer garden party at the Hurlingham Club in London. Its new owner, solicitor and Aston enthusiast Jeremy Levison, said: “I was not surprised by the amount of interest drawn by the DBS at auction.

“Quite apart from being a sensational car, it epitomises British style in one of the most famous TV series of all times.”

Roger Moore sitting on the bonnet of a famed 1970 Aston Martin DBS.
Roger Moore sitting on the bonnet of a famed 1970 Aston Martin DBS.

The Salute to Style event, from July 16-19, aims to celebrate the best classic masterpieces in the racing world.

The Pretenders! ran from September 1971 to February 1972 and at the time was the most expensive television programme ever made, being shot in a variety of glamorous Continental locations. It also starred Hollywood icon Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde.

The famed DBS it featured was manufactured in 1970, Aston Martin being invited by the show’s producers to provide a car to join the Ferrari Dino 246 GT Curtis’s character would drive.

After filming 24 episodes, Moore was offered the role of James Bond, bringing it to an end.

The DBS was returned to Aston Martin Works and sold to its first private owner in 1971.

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