The car was in need of recommissioning when I bought it, although it drove and the air-suspension worked. Whilst the car has had some bodywork replaced in its life - the outer sills and rear arches specifically many years ago - it is in every respect unrestored and highly original. What attracted me to the car was the patination - it wears it's 55 years on it's sleeve. I don't want a restoration project and I don't want an overly-restored, pristine example that requires hermetically storing and no tinkering. Here is a car with dings, scratches, dull paint in places, and so on. Yet it looks fantastic and is in fact remarkably solid, having lived in a country with no winter salted roads to contend with (as salt doesn't work at such low temperatures). The car is painted gloss black with a grey corduroy interior. Being a swedish example, the front floor mats and the inner sill covers are surprisingly utilitarian rubberised plastic.
I replaced all four suspension air bellows, all four shock absorbers with Bilstein items, the front subframe mountings, the rear swing-arm differential mounting, track control arms, anti-roll-bar drop links and rubbers and the tyres with four Michelin X radials. I've also had a replacement stainless steel exhaust made to the original pattern by P. D. Gough of Nottingham. The automatic gearbox had a leak which required it being dismantled and new gaskets installing. The engine has received a full service and the air suspension air dryer cleaned and replenished with fresh Denatured 96% ethyl alcohol.
The car drives beautifully with truly exquisite steering and a magic carpet ride that puts most modern cars to shame. All electrics work and I use it, very reliably, on dry days to go to and from work and swan-around! The car does have faults though which I've been living with. Although the engine is generally smooth, powerful and smoke free, it is suffering with high crankcase pressure which I suspect has been there for many years. The rear main seal is leaking and oil is passing through the air breather filter at the end of the dipstick. I've countered this by installing a catch-tank and remote filter. the catch tank gets periodically emptied back into the engine. It's inconvenient but liveable. Ultimately though further investigation is required and my guess would be that new piston rings are required at some point in the future.
So, in summary, a characterful, ready-for-the-road piece of history that is great to drive, very rare and patinated but original. I love it but I'm moving to London and consolidating my cars to one vintage vehicle, a 1928 Lagonda.
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