BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

ROT IS THE EN­EMY

Ex­am­ine the bot­tom six inches of the body for signs of cor­ro­sion. Floors, door bot­toms, sills and valances are all known for har­bour­ing rot, as are the A-pil­lars, wheel arches, and the edges of the boot and bon­net.

DOES IT RUN SMOOTHLY?

Check for ev­i­dence of reg­u­lar main­te­nance within the ser­vice his­tory and watch out for oil leaks and oil pres­sure that drops away af­ter the en­gine has warmed up – it shouldn’t drop be­low half­way on the gauge. Oil on the en­gine block points to worn O-rings be­low the camshaft bear­ings.

CHECK THE CABIN

Door pan­els on ne­glected cars warp, while damp car­pets sug­gest that the roof isn’t wa­ter­tight. Seat cov­ers wear pre­ma­turely on Se­ries 4 cars and failed elec­tric win­dows are often down to over-flexed wiring.

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

A sloppy feel on the road points to tired dampers and sus­pen­sion bushes, par­tic­u­larly those for the front wish­bones which often per­ish. A com­plete over­haul gets pricey, so bud­get ac­cord­ingly. A gear­box re­build is on the way if the syn­chro­mesh is play­ing up on sec­ond and third gears.

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