Acquired in 2000 and driven constantly ever since, whilst bringing back to original. Delivered new to Hamer Boot then MD of Henry Boot Construction in (ultra rare) Oystershell with black leather this is the only DBS built to that spec. I've probably covered 60,000 miles in it including daily driving, commuting, shopping and in fact everything it was designed to do. Seemingly unbreakable it's been the most reliable car I have ever owned having broken down once in 21 years - a water pump failure which was fixed in a day. The most remarkable feature is the Bosch mechanical fuel injection - mysterious, misunderstood & much maligned, you name it and it's been accused of it. Interesting fact: Bosch developed the system for AM at their own cost and took 2 years to do it. AM probably couldn't have afforded it otherwise, but I think it shows how prestigious the marque was in the 1960s. And what a system it is. Set up properly you can pretty much forget it for years (I have) and when my engine was recently rebuilt by Aston Engineering and uprated the F.I pump was easily re-calibrated to deliver the extra 'oomph'. With a genuine 350-360bhp now it blows the doors off carb cars and revs and howls like no other. Given how deprived we all are of driving our cars I have decided to include some action photos - including a screen grab from when I blipped the throttle at idle - note the 6000rpm which it reaches in an instant, but I'm afraid you'll have to imagine the noise through the factory 'Rocket' 4-into-1 exhaust..
Cornering at speed - photo courtesy Tony Hall / C&SC
As it should be with original Bosch MFi - uprated to produce around 360bhp
Chasing Graeme Ford's superb DBS6 - photo courtesy Class Cars magazine
The only DBS produced in Oystershell with black leather. Original and beautifully worn in!
Blipping to 6000 rpm at idle, sat behind the most wonderful array of Smiths dials and that logo..
Now back to original right down to period Marchal Fog & Driving lamps as ordered as options by Mr Boot
The view most other drivers see.....
Purity of William Towns design - studio shots courtesy Aston Engineering Ltd.
Caught in the sun the Oystershell paintwork flips into shades of colour hard to describe.