HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL
1 BODYSHELL Expect corrosion, and check panel gaps for signs of poor repairs or crash damage. The sills, floors, fuel tank and door bottoms are the worst affected by corrosion, and check the entire chassis as thoroughly as you can.
2 ENGINES The 1.6-litre B16 engine works hard, so listen for top-end rattle. It was replaced by the 1.8-litre B18 in 1962 (available with one or two carbs - the twin-carb was standard in the US).
3 GEARBOXES & CLUTCHES Three -speed manual gearboxes were replaced with a four-speed to accompany the B18 engine.
4 TRIM AND INTERIOR Operate all the interior heater controls, because faults in this area can be expensive to put right. Check too for signs of water ingress.
5 BRAKES The braking system used drums check that they bring the car to a stop firmly.