This early DBS V8 was the first "left hooker" into the USA, where it was used by AML in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, to certify the marque for American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reauirements.
There is an oral legend that came with the car from a former owner when I purchased it that EPA required five examples go 10,000 miles for certification. But, there weren't five vehicles on hand in America! So, four engines were shipped over, serially mounted in this chassis 10033/LC and driven the requisite mileage.
The car remained in AML ownership as a demonstrator until 1974, when the late AMOC Section East Chair Charlie Turner purchased it. The late Ken Boyd -- purveyor of that oral legend to me -- bought it from Charlie and owned it until 1980. Changing hands several times in that decade, and acquiring a ZF 5-speed to replace the leisurely performance of the EPA-mandated 3-speed automatic, I purchased it from an AMOC member in 1990 and I remain its steward today.
Recently I got word from a chap who's very first experience in the DBS was unforgettable. Dave Linfoot writes,
"Hi, Nick [Candee]:
As I comprehended the chassis number in your email subject line, my first thought was, "I know that car; Fiesta Red over black". I recall being pleasantly surprised when Rex [Woodgate] pulled this car out of inventory for his new demo almost 50 years ago. In 1971, an Aston motoring down the highway was an event, and this car looked spectacular in Fiesta Red. Our office at 650 Clark Avenue, King of Prussia, was at the end of a cul-de-sac, where Rex always parked. Rex found that circle handy for scrubbing-in a new set of tires before adopting each new demo. Ha! Surprised me the first time, I can tell you.
Changing to a ZF 5-speed is a worthy upgrade for a U.S.-spec DBSV8.
Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane. I trust everyone is well and doing great.
So, I and my late wife Joan have been the proud stewards of this DBS V8 that has such a rich ownership history.