WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
BODY AND STRUCTURE
Scrutinise the floor pans, sills, front and rear wheel arches and beneath the windscreen.
Fuel injection arrived in 1963, but the USA stuck with carburettors. The engines changed from three-bearing to five-bearing in 1964, improving smoothness and longevity. Taxis had gutless 1.8 diesels from 1963, and slightly stronger 1.9 diesels followed from 1964.
The gearbox should be very long-lived, but snagging between gear changes indicate a failing synchro. Make sure it doesn’t hop out of gear during hard acceleration, too. Watch out for leaks too. A rebuild won’t be cheap or easy in the UK.
The front drum brakes were enlarged from 1962 and discs arrived in 1969. Estates have double rear springs, in place of the saloons and cabriolet’s single springs. Time-worn suspension bushes are often needed to rectify tracking issues and wobbles.
TRIM AND INTERIOR
Lift all the carpets to check underneath for corrosion from water ingress. Check convertible hoods for cracks or tears. Some trim items are now difficult to replace, but electrical issues should be simple enough to diagnose and repair.