I have been restoring this very original, matching numbers DBSV8 with manual transmission for 20 years whilst in regular use and have added over 50,000 miles to its odometer. All significant work has been carried out by Aston Engineering with a recently fully rebuilt engine using the original Bosch F.I system which works fantastically well. The history file is substantial and there has been nothing overlooked in maintaining this car in fantastic condition. I have been lucky enough to obtain the original factory build sheet confirming the exact specification when delivered, which is as it is now, down to the correct Marchal driver lamps ordered when new (one spot and one fog lamp). The engine rebuild was the first for 35 years, the previous one carried out by Messrs Chapman Spooner! A proper driver's Aston from the last days of the DB era these cars have the cleanest lines and nice touches from its DB5/6 heritage such as a fly-off handbrake. I have recently restored the car back to its original colour of Oystershell, one of only 3 produced in that colour.
Originally purchased by the late Hamer Boot (then Chairman of Henry Boot Construction) the originality of this DBS has been verified by his son Jamie Boot, the current Chairman of the same firm who also drove the car when new in 1971. Mr Boot specified Oystershell with black leather interior (this is the only example ever made with that combination - red leather was the norm for Oystershell - making it very rare indeed). The interior is nicely patinated - no sign of paint or new leather to spoil the originality of this car. It had a full external repaint in 2016 and so the paintwork looks stunning in the sunlight - one of the nicest colours that Aston ever produced in that period. My ‘wildcard’ photo is from when the car featured in Vantage magazine and was reunited with the late Hamer Boot’s son Jamie which was a fabulous and quite emotional event.