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

RUST CHECK 1

Cor­ro­sion is usu­ally worst in front wings, door bot­toms and air in­take grilles. It will also take hold around the bonded screens and bulk­head. Lift the car­pet to check the floor­pans, and in­spect the rear cross­mem­ber and sus­pen­sion struts.

EN­GINES 2

The 2.0-litre shares only its block with Lan­cia Be­tas; the rest is dif­fer­ent. Marelli elec­tronic ig­ni­tion was fit­ted to Se­ries 2s, which had slightly meatier midrange pulling power. It’s vi­tal the ser­vice his­tory shows the cam­belt has been re­placed ev­ery 30,000 miles. Low oil pres­sure may be due to a stuck re­lief valve.

3 TRANS­MIS­SION

Sloppy gearchanges usu­ally mean link­age bushes want re­plac­ing, but the five-speed box is pretty ro­bust. Rear wheel bear­ings are a com­mon fail­ure point.

RUN­NING 4

GEAR

Se­ries Is had ser­voas­sisted brakes at the front only; so they lock up the front wheels all too eas­ily. Check if the owner has dis­con­nected the brake servo (a dodgy rem­edy). Se­ries 2s cured the prob­lem with wider tyres, beefier rear brakes and a front anti-roll bar.

5 TRIM AND IN­TE­RIOR

The cabin sadly lacks the ex­te­rior’s el­e­gance. Seats were avail­able in leather, vinyl and cloth but the vinyl has a ten­dency to split, so some own­ers choose to re­place with leather. Check care­fully for bro­ken seat frames and look for signs of wa­ter ingress.

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