‘I re­stored my Viva over 17 years’

1970 HB Viva SL Mike Stan­ley, Warks

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR CARS -

This is me and my two-door HB Viva sa­loon. We had just come back from the Isle of Man where we at­tended the Manx Clas­sic Car Meeting on July 1 – a great turnout with a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles.

I use the Viva reg­u­larly and have been on some ad­ven­tures since com­plet­ing its restora­tion in 2010. We have com­pleted Land's End to John o'groats (and back) for char­ity, west coast to east coast, Le Mans Clas­sic, Shet­land Clas­sic Car Show and many other runs, ral­lies and shows, pick­ing up many tro­phies.

I saved the Viva from be­ing scrapped in 1992. I car­ried out the restora­tion my­self (ex­cept for the re­spray) in my sin­gle garage over 17 years on a lim­ited bud­get. It was worth ev­ery se­cond.

Mike's Viva HB is well-trav­elled.

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