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Martin Howey Classics
Thirsk Yorkshire

Tel:  01677367972
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WELL, I don't suppose I will ever know whether it was just urban myth or whether it was totally factual. But it's probably been said more than a million times - these Vauxhalls from the 1950s and early 60s had a lifespan of somewhere in the region of a mere three years. Dealers were told to keep off the subject and concentrate on the Trans-Atlantic styling, the rock 'n' roll interiors and the doubtless superb 2262cc straight-six engines! Well, hey ho. Here's one that has survived for a mammoth 63-years and, looking at her metalwork, you probably would have struggled to have found one as solid as this in the early 60s. The key here, quite clearly, is the fact that she was assembled in South Africa and remained there until just two years ago. Her panels, including front wings, all four doors, sills and all arches are incredibly sound. In areas such as the visible section of the rear arches when the doors are open, you can still see the factory folds and spot welds. I guess it's a shame that the paint finish does not come up to the amazingly high standard of the Velox's metal panels, but I have seen a lot worse and it will be perfectly acceptable to many. That said, there's ripples and imperfections here and there. In my opinion, mainly to the upper door areas. And even then, it depends on where the light is shining at the time. Her straight-six lump sounds really sweet and I have driven her around the village, through all the gears without a problem. She also comes with servo assisted brakes. These Velox and Cresta E series cars, so rarely offered these days, have moved into the five-figure price bracket. Have a look for yourself. I am offering this one at just under 7k, thus leaving plenty of scope for anyone who may choose to paint her (maybe changing the colour scheme at the same time; maybe even opting for two-tone?) Anyway, even painted, you would still be on the right side of this proud old girl's inherent value. And let's face it, not everyone would want to paint her in the first place. She comes with her rear spats. I fitted the offside for the photos but the nearside has a fixing lug missing and so needs a bit of minor tinkering. At least they are here, with the car! All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 63-years-old. They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. Most examples have clearly had work over the decades and I cannot predict how much or how little they will need in the future. That, I am afraid, is the nature of the beast in the world of classic cars. Motoring antiques is what they are. I love my Georgian dining table, but I can see all the scars and signs of previous woodworm. Had I wanted a brand new table, I would have gone to Oak Furniture Land. Well perhaps. Demand is outstripping supply these days and they don't make the old girls any more. So, make some allowances and drive away with a smile on your face. It goes with the territory, and therefore must be accepted, that they are always going to need on-going care, attention and repair. Don't tell me some way down the line that the full beam doesn't work or that you have discovered something I knew nothing about. They are bloody old. It happens. They come in and they go out. It seems as though I have become a "re-homer" of classic cars. I accept all major debit cards and a ten per cent deposit is required at the point of sale with the balance due within three days. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote. Thanks for reading, Martin. (07595-020282).
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