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When was the en­gine last re­built? They don’t last as long as reg­u­lar B-se­ries, some parts are rare, and a re­build can be over £5000.

Lis­ten for rum­bles from the bot­tom end and look for sub­stan­tial oil leaks. Oil pres­sure should read 50-60psi when hot.

Body panel align­ment pro­vides big clues as to what a car is re­ally like and has been through.

The cru­cial places to check for rust are sills and door posts, closely fol­lowed by the flanges where the front wings at­tach. The chas­sis rails where the wooden floor is fixed are also vul­ner­a­ble.

Body pan­els are ex­pen­sive, al­though the doors, bon­net and bootlid are alu­minium (but can cor­rode where they meet steel). Think about £945 for a front wing and £885 for a bon­net.

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