1988 RELIANT TEMPEST 850 JOHN BOX'S NUMBER ONE For Sale
I bought this car from an enthusiast who had started to rebuild it, with a view to my finishing it and then giving it pride of place in my Reliant collection. I am selling it strictly as an unfinished project, but here is a brief resume of what he told me about it: He said he believes from his research that it is John Box's original number 1 prototype, and this has since been backed up by another Reliant enthusiast who has been in touch with me. It is possibly the very first Tempest to be registered and put on the road in 1988 and is registered correctly as a Reliant Tempest. (Apparently many of these are registered as a Fox or Kitten, depending on which chassis they are built on). He spent a great deal of time and effort bringing it up to this stage and the work he did included: Complete car dismantled and rebuilt Chassis painted Engine taken apart and rebuilt. All new brakes, shoes, pipes and cylinders etc. New springs New lights all round Wheels shotblasted and powdercoated New track rod ends Body and panels resprayed to a basic home workshop standard using a compressor and spray gun - you may be happy with this as it is, or you may want to give it a high gloss, professional respray. Personally we like the character of the car as it is, as it gives it a real old classic look. Anyway, his failing health prevented him from finishing it. When I bought the car it started easily and we drove it up on to my trailer. It has since been stored by myself in dry conditions with a cover on, until a few weeks ago when I took the cover off to take the photos and thought what a lovely little car it is. We then attached a battery pack to it and to my delight it fired into life. In addition to what you see I have the two side windows and the frame for the roof. Personally I think it would be better used without these, as I think it looks absolutely great in its present form. It needs finishing, sympathetic cosmetic improvement and restoration to the interior / boot etc, and no doubt brakes setting up and so on, and the carburettor setting etc., and will need to be put through an MOT but, as you know, good examples of these fetch around £10,000, so it represents a great opportunity to the right person. It will need collecting on a trailer. If you are interested in buying this magnificent piece of British Motoring History, give me a ring and come and take a look. Feel free to give me a ring and do come and view this great little car. If you are at a distance you can get a quote for delivery from Anyvan or Shipley, but it tends to cost about £1 or so a mile. Our postcode is SS4 1HX. Or, if you like I will get a quote from a local delivery firm for you. I do hope this goes to a good home and am just sorry that I didn't get around to getting it on the road.
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