Dippy has not been feeling very well recently, in fact not very well at all. Dippy is an automatic Raven Black DBS V8 (chassis number DBSV810385RCA) currently owned by the long suffering joint AMOC representative for Thailand. He was given the name Dippy for a number of important reasons not least because of his dippy number plate and propensity to break down. Sadly in a concerted effort to upstage him, Dippy enters this illustrious competition alongside his brothers The Vicar (aka Mark I DB6) and Rumbleguts (aka V12 Vanquish).
We believe we are his 10th owner having adopted him on the 26th February 2015 with 71,330 miles on the clock. He was built in February 1972 and finished in Cornish Gold, subsequently converted to red and then finally Raven Black in 2017 following a bare (“oh please tell me it’s not true”) metal respray. His recorded mileage on the 19 November 1997 was 69,821 miles which means he averaged 87 miles per year over the intervening period, can’t think why.
Dippy has led an auspicous life insofar as it is entirely possible someone famous once walked past him, tied their shoe laces and carried on. On another memorable occasion someone waved and gave the thumbs-up as they sped past us on the hard shoulder of the M25 (someone else tried a similar gesture but it looked more like an upright finger) and LOTS of people were especially interested in him when he ‘failed to proceed’ at an Esso service station and rolled off the embankment onto a busy highway.
His other claim to fame (now that he is being restored) is his tenacious ability to look like a forelorn jigsaw puzzle year after year despite his owners dwindling financial reserves. Things were finally starting to look up when he was shipped over to the excellent Bell Sport and Classic hospital in St Albans in late ’19 but he developed a bat bug and went into self isolation (symptoms included missing air boxes and looking utterly clapped out).
However the Dippy jigsaw is slowly coming back to life. His engine has been fully restored to standard 5.3L spec with new liners, valves, guides, rebalanced crankshaft, belts and replaced air boxes (fell off the back of a lorry). Other jobs include rebuilt gearbox, new Koni shocks on the front, Bilsteins on the rear, new fuel / brake piping, rust treatment, windscreen, alloy wheel refurbishment, chrome, new locks etc.
But one final observation while you are perusing through his pictures - please imagine yourself lying on a sunkissed beach in Thailand, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks beside you, and picture his pristine V8 engine floating back into place, hushed silence as his \ wheels, brakes and suspension are expertly bolted on ; watch in awe as a white gloved technician gently applies the final dabs of pledge into his sumptuous leather interior and you will come to the inevitable conclusion that Dippy, is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Dippy is feeling better.