‘I restored my Viva over 17 years’
1970 HB Viva SL Mike Stanley, Warks
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.