One you can buy

Classic Sports Car - - Buyer’s Guide -

Year 1976 Recorded mileage 41,850

Ask­ing price £3500 Ven­dor Dave Hawkins, Es­sex (pri­vate sale) 01375 676953/07961 562148

For Com­mend­ably un­af­fected by rot; newish mo­tor Against Seat splits; small holes in dash/rear shelf

This facelifted Hunter has sur­vived well, due to be­ing rust-pro­tected from new, and hav­ing a limited mileage and two care­ful own­ers.

There are a few spots of sur­face rust and both front wings have had re­pairs, but the floors and sills are solid, and have never been welded; ditto the front in­ner wings, boot floor and fuel tank. There’s a lit­tle filler in the front of the right rear whee­larch and a re­pair will soon be needed be­tween the slam panel and the right wing, but it’s oth­er­wise im­pres­sive. The ex­haust is in fine shape; the tyres are old, but with de­cent tread. The vinyl roof is per­fect, the bright­work mostly tidy. The seat cov­ers hide splits, but the rest is smart and the dash mould­ing is largely good.

The mo­tor’s bot­tom end was new six years ago. There are no leaks and the en­gine has an Al­don Ig­n­i­tor in­stead of points. The coolant is slightly rusty but to a good level, the oil dark­ish.

It starts eas­ily, with no smoke or nasty noises, and drives nicely. The gearchanges and syn­chros are good, and it tracks and brakes straight.

The car will be sold with a hand­book and proper Rootes work­shop man­ual – plus the old short en­gine, a gas­ket set and five bot­tles of Redex lead sub­sti­tute in the boot.

Low-mileage and much-loved late Hunter drives sweetly

In­te­rior is good, but the very pe­riod seat cov­ers hide splits

New bot­tom end 1200 miles ago, and the en­gine runs well

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