1972 Aston Martin V8
Year of manufacture1972
Number of seats2
1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Sports Saloon
Registration no. WWB 435L
Chassis no. V8/10618/RCA
Un-restored and highly original, this 'Series 2' Aston Martin V8 was manufactured and delivered to a dealership in Stroud, Gloucestershire in late 1972. It was registered and sold in March 1973, the first owner being Mr Kenneth Needs, chairman of a Bristol-based property company.
Mr Needs owned the Aston until 1st December 1976 when it passed to the second owner, Mr Bernard Lay of Nunthorpe, Middlesborough. Details of subsequent owners are on file together with a letter from Aston Martin confirming the car's build details.
The current owner commissioned marque specialists Trinity Engineering to produce a condition report when he purchased the car in 2015, and in due course all issues identified were addressed, made good, and/or rectified at a cost of almost £35,000. The Bosch fuel injection and many other mechanical items were restored recently, and the valve clearances adjusted. All the original parts (where they are not exchange parts) that were renewed recently have been retained and accompany the car together with a detailed list and photographic record of all the recent work carried out at Trinity Engineering.
The body and interior are believed to be largely un-restored and are in very good condition considering that the car is some 45 years old. The headlining, blue leather upholstery, and dashboard are all as original, while there is evidence that the Ascot Grey paintwork has been refreshed in places. The bodywork is not 'concours' but presents well, and it is understood that the sills and chassis outriggers have been replaced in the past. The wheels are in excellent condition, and the tyres are new Avon radials (original equipment). A full size spare wheel is present (shod with a new and unused Avon tyre) together with a jack.
One of the few remaining un-restored examples, this well presented Series 2 comes with a thick and detailed file containing copies of original sales brochures, price lists, letters, service bills, MoTs, and a DBS V8 Instruction Book, together with photographs of the underside of the car and engine bay detailing as carried out at Trinity Engineering. It is MoT'd to the end of November 2018 and is offered with a V5C registration document.