1956 Austin A35 Countryman (AP5) - superb throughout For Sale

£12,500 Or near offer

Price £12,500Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Austin
Model A35
Year 1956
Mileage 95,000 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Cheshire
Town Manchester
Telephone 07711 564430
Status Private
  02-May-2021
Ref C1334962
1956 A35 Countryman. This is an extremely rare and genuine “AP5” model – not a converted van – and has the correct sliding side windows, fully trimmed rear passenger compartment and no roof vent. It has the practicality of the van and the “creature comforts” of the saloon, so it is a very versatile vehicle.
The Heritage Certificate confirms it was built on 3 December 1956, and I have been reliably informed that this was the first day of RHD Countryman production, so this may well be the oldest remaining in the UK, if not the world. It also retains its original, transferable, number plate (from West Sussex).
The V5 indicates 2 former keepers. There are a few of old MOTs and tax discs that indicate the Countryman spent much of its life on the Isle of Wight. Although no longer necessary, it is also currently MOTd – expiring April 2022.
Purchased by me 5 years ago as an abandoned project, it has now been fully rebuilt and is in super condition. All aspects of the Countryman have been addressed - engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension, wiring loom, plus all steelwork and paintwork, re-chroming, re-trimming and more. I have a comprehensive file of receipts for work done and parts bought.
It is mildly upgraded and fitted with a 1098 engine with unleaded head, later “rib-case” gearbox and a 3. 9 differential, so it keeps up well with traffic. It also stops too, as it has Midget brakes all round – discs at the front and hydraulic brakes at the rear. These mods are very discrete but are easily reversed if desired as it is just simple spanner work.
A growing family and new dog mean we need I need to rationalise the “fleet”. Certainly the best available and I believe fairly priced, as I don’t believe you could build a better one for less.
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