EN­GINE 1117cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 48bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 60lb ft@2700rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 88mph 0-60MPH 17.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 30-40mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT De­cem­ber 2017 ODOME­TER 23,220

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Cars For Sale - Andy Tal­bot

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? The car starts eas­ily enough but the man­ual choke can take time to pro­duce a smooth idle. How­ever, it feels ea­ger, nim­ble and light on its feet thanks to the nar­row tyres. The five-speed man­ual gear­box has per­fect se­lec­tion through all gears. The ser­vice book shows this car started life as an au­to­matic, but the man­ual con­ver­sion seems to have been car­ried out pro­fes­sion­ally, with the cor­rect parts hav­ing been used, both at the gear­stick end and in the en­gine bay. The pa­per­work doesn’t in­di­cate when the trans­mis­sion was changed, how­ever. There are no rat­tles, squeaks or bangs and it feels ev­ery inch a low mileage car. The brakes work well enough. BODY­WORK CHECK Panel fit is ex­cel­lent and whee­larches are immaculate. The sills and body seams are clean and free of rust. The paint shows no sign of the usual fad­ing and bloom­ing that often af­fects red Fords from this era and the painted bumpers and plas­tic end caps are per­fect. The plas­tic door mir­ror hous­ings and trim are all in good con­di­tion and have re­tained their orig­i­nal black fin­ish. All win­dow rub­bers and door seals are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the steel wheels have the cor­rect cen­tre caps and are free from rust or road rash. Tyres are BF Goodrich 155 70/13s with ex­cel­lent tread re­main­ing. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The seat fab­ric and door pan­els are fault­less, the car­pet is clean and fits cor­rectly and the steer­ing wheel and switchgear are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The only neg­a­tives of any note are the mod­ern af­ter­mar­ket stereo, which looks out of place, and and a snapped fan con­trol switch. The orig­i­nal spare wheel and tool­kit are un­der the rear boot car­pet. UN­DER THE BON­NET There’s some light sur­face cor­ro­sion and grime on items such as the ex­haust man­i­fold, block and ex­posed metal pipework, but noth­ing of true con­cern. Over­all, the bay re­flects years of care­ful own­er­ship. Ca­bles and wiring all ap­pear to be in­tact and in their cor­rect places. Struc­tural crum­ple and im­pact zones, shock ab­sorber tow­ers and in­ner arches are clean and un­dam­aged and all fluid lev­els are cor­rect. THE CCW VIEW This ex­am­ple of Ford’s com­pact trans­port for the masses is an in­creas­ingly rare sur­vivor. It’s also the per­fect sim­ple first clas­sic, tempt­ingly af­ford­able and one that should give its next owner years of faith­ful ser­vice. The well-ex­e­cuted gear­box con­ver­sion is un­usual but makes this a gen­uinely en­gag­ing drive, cer­tainly more so than the au­to­matic equiv­a­lent. The car still has its man­ual and ser­vice book, show­ing the last main dealer ser­vice in Au­gust 1996 at just over 15,000 miles. But it’s ob­vi­ously been looked af­ter well since then.


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