The classic car which can still earn its keep
Broken carburettor spring.
Failing 5-leaf rear axle spring (age-related problems rather than poor design).
A 52 year old design - yet still a very practical and usable design and a cheap way to own a motoring icon.
Excellent forward and sideways view, very light and accurate steering with bags of character and cute looks.
A willing and rugged engine gives reasonable 0-40 mph acceleration. Perfectly suitable for modern urban driving, although a bit stretched on a 70mph motorway. Usually returns 35-40 m.p.g on average.
It can't match a modern car for de-misting, braking ability, noise levels or rear suspension but it will still be going strong in 10 years time when modern super-minis are fit only for scrap.
Parts and servicing are cheap, although frequent greasing is necessary. Very cheap to run, insure and fun to drive. A large UK industry offers extensive modern upgrade options as well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2000