Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living with Classics -


Tony owns the eye-pop­ping 500 pic­tured here. ‘It used to be my every­day car, cov­er­ing 10,000 miles each year, so I had to make it faster, more re­li­able and more com­fort­able. As a re­sult it’s got disc brakes, a 652cc en­gine and ad­di­tional sound­proof­ing. The gear­box has a BIS fi­nal drive to make high speed cruis­ing more com­fort­able, and the front sus­pen­sion is low­ered, to im­prove high speed sta­bil­ity. I dis­liked the pre­vi­ous noisy ‘go-faster’ ex­haust, so in­stead fit­ted a two-into-one sys­tem from the later spec Ger­man 126. This has larger pipes, but a qui­eter ex­haust note. Over­all, the car is great fun to drive, easy to op­er­ate in nor­mal traf­fic, and will cruise hap­pily at 65–70 mph on the mo­tor­way.’

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