One you can buy
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