Now that was rust!
In the Myth Buster about ‘101s’ ( CCW, 31 May), Richard Gunn mentions Vauxhall not treating water traps such as chrome wing cappings. They were steel on ordinary saloons, painted the same as the body, but anodised aluminium, the same as side trim and grilles, on the VX4/90.
Richard also mentions sills and lower wings. Compare the ‘101’ to the Hillmans Series III-IV, pre-Hunter, front wings would rot from windscreen to wing mirror. BMC Farinas were the same, plus outriggers, sills, etc.
I worked on and repaired a few 101s in the 1970s – including some socalled ‘write-offs’ – and they were good rustwise compared to many others. Look at the BMC 1100 range – we had those stacked three high in the scrapyard at one point – now that was rust! It was also interesting to see the Ford Thames 300E mentioned in The Way We Were Summer 1961 feature in the same issue. The larger back windows could be bought as a kit to replace the tiny Ford ones, and to supplement side windows to make an estate. I think that the rear kit cost just a few pounds.
Frank Hart, Partridge Lane Motors, Cardiff
Discussing the merits of the rustproofing measures on a Vauxhall Victor FC 101.