Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - VINCE CON­NOR

Vince has run his very early Smart for a lit­tle un­der a year. De­spite be­ing al­most pre-pro­duc­tion, the car has been re­li­able. He says: ‘Very lit­tle has gone wrong with it – it’s not got the best his­tory, but ap­peared to have been cared for and has had work on the clutch and semi-auto sys­tem in the past. Chas­sis num­ber 647 is prob­a­bly the old­est Smart in the UK, and the main prob­lem I’ve found has been how awk­ward it is to change the spark plugs – ev­ery­thing else has held up well. It’s pleas­ant to drive, too.’ Any doubts about the safety of the small car were soon for­got­ten. ‘It re­mained com­pletely sta­ble af­ter a rear tyre blowout on the mo­tor­way, though the lack of a spare was a pain.’

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