A true driver's car with style, but limited performance
Blown cylinder head gasket (twice).
Voltage regulator ceased functioning.
As the cooling system is unpressurized and open to the atmosphere, the radiator core blocks with lime-scale every few years (it holds several gallons of water!).
Most original instrumentation has failed and had to be replaced/repaired.
Front (hydraulic) brakes failed totally.
Considering the car is well over 50 years old, it handles amazingly well and is able to keep up with modern traffic without difficulty. It has a surprisingly high cruising speed, but suffers from sluggish acceleration and (by modern standards) extremely poor brakes unless you have enormously powerful leg muscles.
Space is extremely limited for the driver's left foot when not using the clutch. Space is also tight for the driver's left knee if they drive with a bent leg due to lack of foot room as, the handbrake pistol grip leaves only a few millimeters of clearance!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th September, 2002