BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Anniversaries -

1 HUNT FOR RUST

The F-type’s shell has plenty of rust traps, so check the body­work care­fully, specif­i­cally the in­ner sills, the area around the rear spring hang­ers and the floor area around the rear seats.

2 KEEP­ING IT TRIM

Look around the cabin for any signs of any ripped or dam­aged trim. In the stan­dard model the seats are trimmed in Elasto­fab and rayon, while Deluxe mod­els like our test car are trimmed in leather, which is eas­ier to re­place. Keep an an eye out, too, for miss­ing in­stru­ments or switches, be­cause sourc­ing re­place­ments is tricky.

3 KEEP IT SHINY

There’s plenty of chrome trim – it’s gen­er­ally eas­ier to re­plate dam­aged items rather than search for re­place­ments, which are hard to come by. Don’t worry too much about it lin­ing up per­fectly – they of­ten didn’t when new!

4 DOES IT SHIFT?

Not the engine – which is gen­er­ally fairly hardy, as long as it’s been ser­viced reg­u­larly – but the three-speed trans­mis­sion, should slot smoothly into each ra­tio. If there’s crunch­ing the col­umn change may need ad­just­ing. It’s un­likely you’ll come across any cars equipped with the New­ton­drive auto sys­tem, though.

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