1 yes, it rusts
the outer panels are aluminum and generally wear their age well, but both the steel sections beneath and the chassis can harbour plenty of corrosion so check both carefully. the worst areas are often the sills, front and rear wheel arches, and boot floor. replacement panels are available, but restoration is a big and expensive job.
2 Don’t lose your head
Don’t be surprised if the interior headlining is sagging, particularly towards the rear of the cabin. replacements are available, but fitting them is fiddly and timeconsuming. look for rips in the seats and worn out trim while you’re in there – especially where the seats meet the transmission tunnel.
3 How’s THE engine?
the V8 is a relatively hardy unit and can rack up surprisingly big mileages if it is looked after properly, so make sure that you look through the history file for evidence of regular oil changes and servicing. Ensure too that you fire it up from cold and that any rattles disappear when the engine is warm. Check that it builds and maintains healthy oil pressure and keep an eye on the coolant levels – if there’s emulsion in evidence, it’s a strong indication that there’s a cracked bore somewhere.
4 How original is it?
two-door models are best enjoyed in standard, V8-hauled form and fetch premiums if they are. there are plenty out there with conversions to diesel engines and other V8s – particularly the GM-sourced small block unit – but don’t pay over the odds for them. lPG conversions are common too, but be sure that it has been installed professionally and works as it should.