Classic Sports Car - - Dealer Showcase -

Year of man­u­fac­ture 1961 Recorded mileage 79,340

Ask­ing price £7950 Ven­dor Pi­o­neer Au­to­mo­biles, near New­bury, Berks; tel: 07711 509600/01635 248158; www.pi­o­neer-au­to­mo­ WHEN IT WAS NEW Price £1021 Max power 80bhp Max torque 113lb ft 0-60mph 17 secs Top speed 87mph Mpg 25

This high-spec Phase 3, orig­i­nally a Berk­shire car though it’s since lost its ‘JB’ reg­is­tra­tion, presents well in its older paint fin­ished with good chrome. Up close, the paint has a few sink and wa­ter marks, there are some bub­bles near the door bot­toms and there’s one ding in the right head­light rim, plus a small crease in the bootlid, but the over­all ap­pear­ance is good. Plugs in the sills sug­gest rust pro­tec­tion from new, and the floors look never to have been welded, with all orig­i­nal press­ings still ev­i­dent and the spring hang­ers in good shape. The wheeltrims are good, and be­hind the At­las white­walls the tyres are newish Hankook Cen­tums with plenty of tread. The ex­haust looks sound.

In­side, the car­pets were new in 2017, the head­lin­ing and dash top are orig­i­nal and smart, and some of the seat vinyl is re­cent. There are a few wa­ter and age-re­lated marks in the C-post trims, but it is 57 years old. The par­cel shelf wears an af­ter­mar­ket rear win­dow demis­ter and there’s a use­ful Usb/power con­nec­tor in the glove­box.

The en­gine sports two Solex car­bu­ret­tors and twin elec­tric fans. The fluid lev­els are good, the oil clean­ish, and the plugs, coil and fuel fil­ter are new.

It starts eas­ily enough and the 2-litre ‘six’ soon set­tles down to a creamy idle. It drives like a more modern car, with silky power de­liv­ery (it could han­dle an over­drive, op­tional on these), a fairly taut ride with no wal­low­ing, and no slop or wan­der in the fluid-feel­ing steer­ing. The all-drum brakes have good bite and pull slightly to the left. The floor gearchange has de­cent syn­chros on se­cond and third, but oddly it’s a bit baulky into top. Ev­ery­thing works, with warm oil pres­sure show­ing just un­der 50psi at tick­over and up to 70psi on the move, the am­me­ter well in credit and tem­per­a­ture sit­ting un­der the ‘nor­mal’ range. If you stop for a minute or two, the fans cut in as soon as the nee­dle reaches the ‘8’ of ‘85’ (ºc). It has an MOT, though it doesn’t need one, cur­rent un­til the end of Au­gust and will be sold with spare keys, jack and tools, sundry bills, plus a hand­book, work­shop man­ual and spare parts cat­a­logue.

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