OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

JOHN BENT­LEY

When John Bent­ley bought his Stag 10 years ago he thought he was get­ting a good one. Lit­tle did he know... ‘The car had cov­ered just 65,000 miles with two own­ers, the sec­ond hav­ing owned it for 22 years. It drove well but at MoT time it only just scraped through. The next year it failed the test. When I started delv­ing, the closer I looked the more rust I found and in the end it needed a com­plete restora­tion. I tracked down orig­i­nal pan­els – and lots of them – so ev­ery­thing fit­ted per­fectly. Mick Ward at EJ Ward proved in­valu­able; he pro­vided end­less help, knowl­edge and parts. The re­build took four years and since then the car has been to Europe ev­ery year, never giv­ing any trou­ble at all. The Stag is fab­u­lous to drive and very us­able – I ab­so­lutely love it and just couldn’t imag­ine not hav­ing it now.’

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