1956 Rover - Austin A35 Van 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


First love


Lots of things...

Handbrake assembly broke.

Cylinder head bypass hose split (very awkward to repair).

Heater matrix leaked.

Low oil pressure.

Stiff windows (they slid up and down - there was no handle or winder).

Lots of rust.

And much more that I cannot remember...

General Comments:

I bought the car in 1966 when it was about 10 years old. It had been a commercial van converted to passenger by adding a back seat and side windows (quite common on this model).

The faults listed were to be expected and not too big a problem - it was a good way to learn motor mechanics. These A35's had a narrow engine bonnet opening, so access was awkward, but the mechanical bits were easy enough to repair.

By modern standards the car was crude, but in its day it was a reasonable small car, and it was fine for its purpose - my first set of wheels and freedom.

Any survivors are now classic cars and cosseted in a way mine never was or ever had been during its life.!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd January, 2003

4th Jun 2005, 10:58

They are lovely little vans Mine is as good today as when new 1965, Like most mechanical contrivances they respond to a little T.L.C.

9th Sep 2005, 08:12

Great little van, with a character of its own.

22nd Apr 2006, 04:59

I have just purchased my 1967 Van in very good original condition with only 29,000 miles on the clock and I am looking forward too many years of happy motoring.

I have been very pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to get all the spares for them.