Buy­ing TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1 Pa­tience Re­quired

Some parts – the ex­haust es­pe­cially – are very dif­fi­cult to source, but per­se­vere as they can be hand-built by a spe­cial­ist. The ex­haust is the same as the Re­gency 3.5-litre sa­loon so can be found. The solid body­work re­sists rust well, but do check it thor­oughly.

2 Re­flect­ing The Times

The cor­rect paint can still be sourced, while head­lights can also be found at auto-jum­bles. Check, how­ever, the re­flec­tors are in place as th­ese can be ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult to find.

3 Trim Time

The bird­s­eye maple wood­work is ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent to look at and luck­ily re­place­ments can be found; New Zealand is a rich hunt­ing ground for trim such as this and was used through­out the Re­gency range.

4 Un­der The Bon­net

The en­gine is an all-im­por­tant area and def­i­nitely worth a once over; the good news is that the Re­gency is ac­tu­ally very easy to work on, es­pe­cially when com­pared to more modern cars, and all the parts you might need can be sourced… even­tu­ally.

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