In 1971 this dbs v8 was delivered new to a sheffield-based construction tycoon. Forty five years later, it’s back for a family reunion
‘I’m pretty sure these weren’t like this.’ Jamie Boot is pointing a mildly accusatory finger at the metal spar on one of the DBS’S wing vents. He’s right, too. The original spars carried the legend ‘ Aston Martin V8 DBS’, whereas these say ‘Aston Martin FI DBS’ (the ‘FI’ standing for fuel injection).
Jamie clearly has a keen eye for detail, not to mention an astonishingly good memory; this is the first time he’s seen the Aston in more than 40 years. Current owner Steve Prevett is suitably impressed. He confirms that he picked up the spars at a sale of Aston automobilia. ‘They’re genuine period Aston items,’ he says, ‘but they never made it onto the production cars. I also picked up some driving lamps, as originally fitted. They’ll be going on any day now.’
That’ll please Jamie. He’s clearly chuffed to bits to be reunited with a car he hasn’t seen since the mid-1970s, and to see it restored to its former glory. ‘It’s just wonderful, isn’t it?’ he beams. ‘And exactly as I remember it – apart from the badges and lights. Oh, and the wing mirror. My father didn’t believe in wing mirrors. He wasn’t interested in what was behind him…’
‘Father’ was northern construction giant (in every sense of the word) Hamer Boot, who took delivery of the brand new Aston in January 1971. One of only 95 right-hand-drive DBS V8s with the combination of a manual gearbox and Bosch mechanical fuel injection, it was also one of only three finished in distinctive Oystershell metallic, and the only one of those three with a black leather interior (the others were trimmed inred).‘it’sinterestingthathe choseoystershell,’ says Jamie, ‘because he usually had black cars – certainly the DB5 he had before was black.’
So the DBS V8 was Hamer Boot’s second Aston. ‘The DB5 was quick, but the DBS was a proper supercar,’ smiles Jamie. ‘There was really nothing else like it. It’s still a quick car today, but back then it was phenomenally fast.’