Car owner more than quids in

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

JIM Punter first laid eyes on a Mor­ris Mi­nor aged 14, when he got a Satur­day job clean­ing one in Hayes End.

And after own­ing one for a spell in the late 1960s, he jumped at the chance to snap up another – for the bar­gain price of £1.

Now he reck­ons it could be worth thou­sands, after me­chan­ics spent months re­pair­ing it.

A cus­tomer brought the 1960 Mor­ris Mi­nor 1000 Trav­eller in to Mr Punter’s business, Pun­ters Garage, in New Road, Uxbridge, for an MoT. But when staff dis­cov­ered it was in need of a com­plete over­haul, the cus­tomer in­tended to scrap the clas­sic car.

In­stead, he sold it at the low­est price pos­si­ble to Mr Punter, whose team spent nearly five months restor­ing it to its for­mer glory, re­plac­ing the en­tire chas­sis and floor and re­fur­bish­ing the wood­work, at a cost of about £1,200.

Mr Punter said: “My staff pleaded with me and said, ‘If you don’t mind us do­ing it in be­tween jobs, we reckon we can do this.’ It’s nearly like new now.”

He added: “They got a huge amount of sat­is­fac­tion do­ing it. They re­ally en­joyed the process.”

Mr Punter, who col­lects clas­sic cars, said he was now torn be­tween keep­ing the ve­hi­cle and sell­ing it on, reck­on­ing it could be worth up to £8,000.

n COM­PLETE OVER­HAUL: (From left) Ben Bore­ham, trainee mo­tor me­chanic, and Sean Tay­lor, se­nior ve­hi­cle tech­ni­cian, who re­stored the 1960 Mi­nor 1000 car at Pun­ters Garage Ltd


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