There were no DBSV8's made in '75 I hear you say .... well, it seems there was notionally at least this one. Plated '75 and released on 2 April '76 the records suggest this was cheekily plated as a DBS by the factory to 'assist' its new owner getting it past Japanese customs. These were tough times at NP and 'needs-must' at the time one surmises. For all intents, the car is however actually a Series 3 AMV8 in metric guise in every other regard as its sequential chassis number suggests. Interestingly, its sister chassis 11429 was factory Demo' and went on to become NP's prototype Vantage V8 mule.
The car since fell into an advanced state of disrepair (see the ‘before’ pics and you'd wonder it was worth restoring at all), and ultimately found itself in Western Australia in the safe hands of a renown British car collector where it sat sheltered, partly stripped and largely unloved for several years.
11428's immediate previous owner (a high-profile yet refreshingly humble and hands-on perfectionist), verified its history with NP in 2010 and undertook a well-documented meticulous restoration of every single component whilst converting it to RHD consuming countless man-hours and months of expertise from several specialists. All of the sheet metal including the rear quarters was removed and the underlying frame was also restored. No filler was used. The low mileage engine internals passed compression and leak down tests and amazingly didn’t require rebuilding although all its ancillaries were replaced or refreshed.
The car was finally completed in mid 2015 resplendent in DBR1 Green and parchment hides as seen here.....a refreshing departure from its original Cairngorm brown and drab Olive trim. The car still shows only 26,000 original km on the odo and retains its original 5.3L carb V8.
I purchased the car a year ago (smitten at first sight with an attention to detail which shines through at every inspection), and during 3 months of daily use have shaken-down any remaining rebuild gremlins. Whilst not necessarily 100 point concours original in every regard, it is now an entirely reliable classic driver with an upgraded cooling system and air conditioner fit for our hot Aussie summers.
As a diverse and passionate car collector myself, I intend keeping and running 11428 for many years to come. I thought this a journey worth sharing here. It’s not often an Australian car gets a showing in a UK concours. Cheers