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|Aston Martin Mark II Long Wheelbase Tourer – 1934 in detail|
This Aston Martin was built in November 1934 ( indicated by the K4 part of the chassis number), but was only sold on 20 February 1935 and was registered for the first time on 28 February 1935.
Its first owner was Mr J.C. Southworth, who was in possession of the car until halfway through 1938. By then, the car had travelled almost 39,000 miles, at that time a vast distance travelled over a period of three years. A service letter written in 1938 stated that the car was thoroughly inspected before it was transferred to its new owner, who is unfortunately unknown. However, the third owner of the Aston Martin was traced and turned out to be Corporal Harrington-Johnson. He purchased the Aston Martin in 1945, having just been released from a German prisoner-of-war camp.
That same year, Harrington-Johnson relocated to South Africa and took the car with him. Here, sometime during the 1960’s, the car was sold to its fourth owner, Paddy Tosh, who kept the car until he passed away towards the end of the 1990’s. His children returned the car to England with the aim of selling it there. Noble House discovered the car and bought it on behalf of its current owner.
Between 2002 and 2004, the Mark II underwent a full ‘sympathetic’ restoration at Noble House. This means that, wherever possible, the original parts remained in place. As a result, it can – for the most part – be described as an original car! This car’s saving grace was the fact that it spent most of its life in hot and dry South Africa. This left the coachwork virtually rust-free and in an original state. But that’s not all. Most of the original wooden frame had also been preserved, and only the rear part had to be replaced. The engine is also original (this makes the Aston Martin a matching numbers car!), although it was fully overhauled. The same goes for the transmission system. The original instruments have been restored, while the headlamps and grille have been chrome-plated.
This truly gorgeous Mark II represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a beautiful piece of Aston Martin pre-war history.
Sold on the 02.10.2012
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