'Utilising many of the design features found in the six-cylinder DB engine, the new vee-8 is only 30lb heavier yet produces 35 percent more power. - Autocar, 2nd October 1969.
This automatic transmission DBS V8 was first owned by the Central Manufacturing Co Ltd of Netherton, Worcestershire and originally registered 'RH 7'. The accompanying (copy) build sheet shows that it was finished in Kingfisher Blue with black interior trim and equipped with a Voxson stereo/radio and Fiamm horns. In November 1972 ownership passed to Camden Motors Ltd of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and the registration was changed to 'HFD 605K'. The third owner's identity is not known but details of the succeeding owners are on file together with approximate dates of the various changes in colour scheme.
The immediately preceding (Dutch) owner is believed to have acquired the Aston in 1988. In 1995 he commissioned a cosmetic restoration of the bodywork and on completion the car featured in two Dutch classic car magazines: British Classic Car (April 2003) and Het Automobiel Klassieker (March 2002, cover car). Copies of both these magazines are in the history file. The current owner acquired the DBS at auction in January 2005, the recorded mileage at that time being 48,227.
When purchased there was no service or MoT history with the car, which was driven back to the UK, MoT'd and re-registered on 8th March 2005 with its previous registration 'HFD 605K'. Since acquisition the Aston has benefited from over £50,000 spent on mechanical refurbishment with marque specialists Tim Bissett and Ricki Cann, including a full engine rebuild by the latter in 2007 at 56,165 miles (all bills available). Upgrades incorporated include a Koni rear suspension conversion; twin electric cooling fans; high-flow water pump; 16" wheels/tyres and speedometer re-calibration; electronic ignition; hi-torque starter motor; rear seat belts; aluminium radiator; and a high-flow fuel pump.
'HFD 605K' has also benefited from a full body restoration including new sills, front and rear inner wings, boot floor and many other areas, with all rust cut out and new metalwork welded in. The body was stripped to bare metal, repaired where necessary and repainted in Gunmetal Grey. Full details and pictures are available.
Its restoration completed immediately prior to sale, the car is offered with the aforementioned documentation, sundry invoices, SORN and Swansea V5.