OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

BEN LE MARQUAND

He may be just 25 years old, but Ben Le Marquand has owned his 1967 Imp Cal­i­for­nian for 10 years. Says Ben: ‘I bought the car as a project when I was 16, back in 2006. There have been lots of Imps in the fam­ily over the years – my dad and grand­fa­ther have both owned them. My car needed new sills, re­place­ment whee­larches and a full re­spray, but apart from a failed cylin­der head gas­ket, it was in good shape me­chan­i­cally.

‘I put it back on the road soon after my 17th birth­day and took it on a trip to Ire­land to mark the oc­ca­sion. Since then, the car has been over to Hol­land four times and I’ve just come back from Le Mans.

‘It’s very us­able, but best viewed as a twoseater as the back seats are cramped. It’s very eco­nom­i­cal and parts avail­abil­ity is ex­cel­lent. It’s also a great car for young en­thu­si­asts as there is a great so­cial scene around it.’

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