Heritage operator slims down fleet

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The owner of Southdown Historic Vehicles has decided to reduce his fleet, but still remains very much in business, reports Nick Larkin

Renowned heritage operator Chris Pearce has decided to sell a couple of important vehicles from his fleet – and is particularly keen to see them remain in regular revenue earning use.

“A mosquito bite put me in hospital for three days and gave me some time to think,” said Sussex-based Chris, who runs Southdown Historic Vehicles Ltd. “I’m 73 now and I have 10 buses, so it is definitely time to slim down my fleet.”

Chris has decided to sell two immaculately-restored Leyland PD3s. The first is new to Stockport Corporation East Lancs H38/32F-bodied example MJA895G. Used by a training firm for some years the bus spent many years in storage prior to being acquired by Chris.

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