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Congratulations to Ian Creese on his restoration of his Austin Apache (PC, Sept 2018). On my trips to South Africa I still see a few of them being driven around in Cape Town. Although rust is still a problem, especially near the coast, inland is much kinder to the bodywork due to a dry climate (most of the time) and of course the salt-free roads!
In the early Seventies I was working at Robb Motors in Cape Town when the vehicle was first launched in November 1971. At the time the main workshop was in Paarden Eiland; lying about four miles from the CBD, it was one of the largest and most high-tech facilities in Africa. The cars arrived from the Leykor (Leyland South Africa) plant in Blackheath, some 19 miles away. Most of the new cars for the various branches in the Cape Provence had their PDIS and any other rectifications done there.
I can well remember looking at the first Apache to arrive, complete with its front and boot looking like a miniature Triumph 2000, although it was an 1100/1300 in the middle. The boot
was a good idea, with much more space than the 1100. Ideal for going out for a braai for the day with coils of borewors and chops! But it gave so many problems with water leaks and I think also dust. Some poor sod was shut in the boot (shades of the Krays) with a torch, while a hosepipe was sprayed from all sides and underneath, looking for the entry point. I seem to remember that the rear lights were one of the culprits, along with a seam and possibly also the side vents.