But the car was a good one. So my outlook has changed. I want to enjoy driving and owning imps. I am happy to maintain them and keep them above a certain level. But bringing them up to that level from poor or basket case condition? Not any more. So this car fitted the bill.
MK II, first registered in Vienna in March 1968. Officially designated Sunbeam Hillman Imp. Original except for the pancake air filter. The gentlemen I bought it off, obtained it in 1983 and spent 21 years restoring it (and almost gave up and scrapped it a few times.) There is always the risk of restored cars about the quality of the restore. Recently restored might have problems showing only after a few years. Well this car has been on the road 13 years and there are no major problems. And the full body paint job/protection sealing was a quality one.
It is a straight and sound and rot free car. All the window and door seals are good. It comes up very nice.
The previous owner spent a lot of time and money in the last few years on things that needed to be doing, a Malcolm reconditioned engine being the biggest expense. The body is 90000km, the engine less than a 1000km. Current Austrian MOT.
- New carpets (driver side wear holes)
Headlining (a few splits)
Driver seat repairs (gone on stitch lines only, so repairable)
Front badge surround
Top steering column bush