FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 GIVE IT A SER­VICE

If you man­age to un­earth a low-miler that’s been tucked away in a garage by an el­derly owner, start with a thor­ough ser­vice. Most con­sum­ables are easy to source (the 216 shares its S-se­ries en­gine with the Mae­stro/Mon­tego) and a fresh cam belt is a must, too. Parts are cheap, and the work should hold no fears for a com­pe­tent home me­chanic.

2 LEAK-FREE?

The S-se­ries mo­tor is prone to oil leaks, es­pe­cially from the cam cover and head area, and age­ing gas­kets are of­ten to blame. If you plan on reg­u­lar use then it’s worth re­plac­ing them; the bits cost just a few pounds from mo­tor fac­tors and it’s a straight­for­ward job. And on the sub­ject of leaks, check the var­i­ous in­duc­tion and vac­uum hoses and re­place any that are per­ished, dam­aged or cracked.

3 KEEP IT COOL

Both en­gines ben­e­fit from a healthy cool­ing sys­tem, so if there’s no ev­i­dence of a ser­vice his­tory then a thor­ough flush and re-fill with fresh coolant is a good idea. Re­plac­ing per­ished or hard­ened hoses at the same time is worth­while, too, es­pe­cially on cars that have seen min­i­mal use in re­cent years.

4 SOME NICER TRIM­MINGS

It might take some de­ter­mined search­ing but a Van­den Plas that’s rusty be­yond re­pair might just yield some parts to up­grade a lowlier model. Leather trim cer­tainly adds a dash of lux­ury to this com­pact sa­loon, and swap­ping over the seats and door trims should be straight­for­ward.

5 WHEELY GOOD UP­GRADE

Al­loy wheels ap­peared on some 200 vari­ants – no­tably the Vitesse – so they’ll need check­ing for dam­age and cor­ro­sion. Bud­get around £65 per cor­ner for re­fur­bish­ment, as­sum­ing they’re not be­yond res­cue.

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