Peak power

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

VANTAGE - - Feature Car Dbs V8 - Words peter tomalin PHO­TOG­RA­PHY justin leighton

‘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.’

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