Fast Car - - READERS’ RIDES -

FC says: This is a build that re­ally tick­les our retro pickle. When most of us at FC Tow­ers were first get­ting into cars and mod­ding, there were No­vas ev­ery­where – this was the go-to ride for slam­ming to the floor, pack­ing out with subs and cruis­ing down the seafront. No­vas are pretty thin on the ground these days, but James Causton’s Mustard Yel­low stun­ner re­ally takes us back to the glory days of the box-arched lit­tle Vaux. It’s a gen­uine 1.3 SR, fea­tur­ing a proper pe­riod-per­fect en­gine swap that a lot of mod­ders were run­ning back in the day: a red-top C20LET pinched from a Cal­i­bra. It’s mak­ing a bru­tal 270bhp, so thank­fully it’s also got Rey­land 4-pot brakes, an LSD-equipped Quaife ’box, coilovers, buck­ets and a ’cage. The fit-and-fin­ish is ab­so­lutely flaw­less too! “It’s a bit of a hand­ful,” he tells us. Yeah, we bet.

Pic­tures cour­tesy of Scott Wil­loughby

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