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Classic Sports Car - - Buyer’s Guide -

UN­DER­NEATH Cor­ro­sion is the big­gest en­emy: check sills, floors, chas­sis rails and out­rig­gers

FRONT/REAR WINGS Both in­ner and outer wings rot, plus ad­ja­cent bulk­head pan­els

DOORS They cor­rode from the bot­tom up, and the top down

EN­GINE Check for cracks; new pis­tons and lin­ers are needed ev­ery 50,000 miles or so to keep the mo­tor fresh

AL­LOY HEAD Cor­ro­sion can cause leaks and over­heat­ing, es­pe­cially if the in­ter­nal steel pipe has failed

TRIM DAM­AGE Ma­te­ri­als and parts are in France, un­less unique to Acton-built cars

SUS­PEN­SION Check for play, be­cause king­pins can wear if ser­vic­ing is ne­glected

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