YouTuber helps to uncover rare British supercar left in garage since 1990s

A popular automotive YouTuber has helped to uncover a 1970s Aston Martin supercar that has lied undiscovered in a garage for several decades.

Jonny Smith is an automotive journalist who presents the popular YouTube channel The Late Brake Show, in which he road tests the latest models and uncovers ‘barn find’ cars.

In one of his latest videos, he interviews Robert, the son of the owner of the 1978 Aston Martin V8, who tells Jonny that it was one of many interesting cars his father drove.

He explained: “Dad got it in December 1986, which is a while ago now, and he went through a phase in his life where would buy a car every Christmas. He’d buy himself a new sports car, so he’s had Cosworths, TVRs, Porsches, everything you could name of.

“But this one I think was his favourite because this is the one he kept, along with a Cobra replica and a Fiat, which is around the corner.”

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Joined by Robert and the motoring YouTuber Freddie Hernandez, known to his fans as Tavarish, Jonny was able to inflate the tyres and push the Aston Martin out of the garage so the engine could be worked on.

Whilst the engine was in generally good condition for a vehicle that has spent about 25 years off the road, the petrol left in the car had to be pumped out and replaced.

After some checks, the team got the engine running once again, despite some small issues with the carburettors.

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Upon getting the Aston Martin cleaned and running, Jonny highlighted how pleased he was with the car, which will continue to be worked on.

He said: “I’ve really, really enjoyed myself today, and I always think to myself if we can’t get the car running at least we’ll just clean it. But we’ve managed to get it fired up, and actually with a fairly rudimental fuel system it was happy when it was warm.

“And I think it looks so different to all the other Astons of this era, because you don’t see black with black wheels very often, with this body kit.”

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First launched in 1969, the Aston Martin V8 was a special version of the company’s DBS model that featured a 5.3 litre V8 engine, producing 315 horsepower.

A number of changes were made during the model’s 20-year production run, however at it’s most powerful, the Aston Martin V8 could reach a top speed of 150mph.

Whilst it is generally overshadowed by the older DB5, the Aston Martin V8 is best known for its appearances in a number of James Bond films, including No Time to Die.

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