ENGINE 1496cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 54bhp@4500rpm TORQUE 76lb ft@2500rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 76mph 0-60MPH 25sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 25mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed manual MoT Exempt ODOMETER 19,169 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
This RM feels drum-tight and drives in the slick, charming way marque aficionados will be familiar with. Acceleration is gentle, the engine doesn’t rev too highly and the gearshift, although smooth and mechanically precise, takes a slow hand or double de-clutch to change without graunching. Once at a comfortable cruising speed, the car will roll along all day. The ride is quite firm, a little jittery over bumps and with not much lean through corners. The steering is heavy and doesn’t get much lighter at speed, but is nice and direct with every bump fed back through the wheel. The hydro-mechanical drum brakes take a firm push on the pedal to stop – it won’t stand on its nose, but the car draws up straight every time. The brake and clutch pedals are close – drivers with large feet may struggle.
The green paint is in fine condition with a good shine – just a little ‘orange peel’ evident on the bodywork. There are only a couple of stone chips across the entire car, and the black fabric roof in excellent condition. ‘Suicide’ front doors and a centre-hinged bonnet are typical of the era. The big grille has good chrome, as do the quarter bumpers on all four corners. Modern indicators have been fitted to the rear, supplementing the original trafficators, which still work. The tyres all have deep tread, Avons on the rear and Firestones up front – but do check their ages. The hubcaps appear to have been hand-painted.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The green leather seats are in superb condition – just some slight creases in the hide and age patina. The carpets look like new, as do the pedal rubbers and the headlining is fresh and bright. The wood dashboard and door cappings are beautiful. Rear passenger foot space is narrow as the chassis rails get very wide towards the back, though headroom in the back is good. A switch has been added below the dash for the indicators.
UNDER THE BONNET
It’s all straight and correct. There are no signs of oil or water leaks. The single SU carburettor looks tiny beside the engine, while it and the alloy rocker covers (although not shiny) have a bright, clear surface. The spark plug HT leads are of the old-fashioned clothcovered type, but newer wires are visible in the engine bay, suggesting modern updates. The four-speed manual gearbox is smooth and precise and the suspension moves without any knocks or thumps.
THE CCW VIEW
This has the look and feel of a well cared-for car. In fine condition inside and out, it drives well – it may have pre-war styling but contains the next generation of engineering. An interesting drive, not just as a wedding car.
Delightful interior, with plenty of wood and chrome.
Advanced twin-cam has been kept in fine fettle.