1973 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Saloon Registration no. PPH 9L Chassis no. V8/10731/RCA Engine no. V/540/586
A well-documented car with substantial service history, 'PPH 9L' won its class at the AMOC Woburn Concours in 1999 (beating a DB4GT Zagato). A manual transmission model, the car has covered only 24,500-or-so miles from new and since acquisition by the current vendor at Bonhams' Works Service sale in May 2008 (Lot 302) has benefited from considerable attention from marque specialists, R S Williams Ltd. 'PPH 9L' was originally supplied by HWM Motors in Walton-on-Thames to a Mr Herbert Barsham. Mr Barsham specified several 'extras' such as the green bodywork colour, door mirrors, Lucas spotlights and an 8-track stereo, all of which are retained. Due to ill health, Mr Barsham had to 'swap' the Aston, which had covered only 13,000-or-so miles in 13 years. The car was with specialists Chapman Spooner being prepared for sale when a collector, Herr Jorg Von Appen, impressed by its originality and condition, bought the V8 for his collection. After covering approximately 4,000 kilometres Herr Von Appen decided he wanted a V8 Vantage and requested Chapman Spooner to act as brokers to sell the car, which was then purchased by a surgeon from Ormskirk, Mr Roy Edwardes. Mr Edwardes owned an extensive collection of Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris, and put very few miles on the car before 'on a whim' - deciding to trade it for a Jaguar XJ-R saloon at Hatfields of Sheffield. 'PPH 9L' was then purchased by Ian Stanley, keyboard player with the band 'Tears for Fears'. Mr Stanley covered very few miles in the Aston because of the band's touring obligations before selling it to a Mr Adrian Waters from Hoby, Leicester. Mr Waters was only the fourth recorded owner on the V5, the others being Messrs Barsham, Edwardes and Stanley (the German ownership is not recorded on the UK documentation). Mr Waters acquired the car at 16,900 miles, driving it for some 4,700 miles before selling it to the immediately preceding owner, a Mr John Birtwistle, who took the mileage up to 24,000. In May 2009 R S Williams carried out a general service plus various other works at a cost of £14,035 (bill on file), which included fitting a new flywheel/clutch assembly, H-T lead set, fan drive, coolant hoses, battery and front/rear brake pads, while the air conditioning system was overhauled/re-gassed and the wheels sent away for specialist refurbishment. More recently (in April 2010) RSW fitted a new steering rack and carried out associated works at a cost of £1,648. Presented in generally very good condition, 'PPH 9L' is offered with the aforementioned service history, copy factory build sheet, owner's manual, various sales brochures, current MoT, Swansea V5 and a large quantity of expired MoT certificates.
This vehicle now comes with a full year's MoT and Tax.