A British gem, if a little unreliable
Constant starting problem and intermittent engine cut outs due to ignition problems.
Replaced spark plugs, coil, HT leads rotor arm and distributor cap to get it to run, but even then it had bad moments.
Clutch slipping after 3-4 months.
Rear shocks weak.
This car had its very own distinctive look, it was also known or badged as a Morris Oxford and many variants. It had sharp looks with chrome trim everywhere including on the rocket-like tail fins. It was a big old family car, with leather like seats and weighed less than many cars of its time, so went quite well!
The engine was great and I thrashed it, being 20 and at a time when there was plenty of space on motorways and country roads, I would do 90 whenever there was a long enough straight.
It had lots of little annoying electrical problems, but by this time I was learning to repair things myself, the ignition system on this car was a nightmare, the engine would splutter and die for no apparent reason, I'd fiddle with the points and connections until it started again and then it would do it again minutes, hours, days or weeks later. I replaced everything (see above) and that helped a lot, but it would still do the same thing occasionally. In hindsight I guess I drove it too hard, but hey I was 20!
The dash was all metal with a semi circular speedo, with other dials that would loll about a lot and were hard to read on bumpy roads.
The back shocks were on the way out and on certain bumps it would roll like a ship for 10 seconds, which could have a nauseating effect!
I only had this car for six months, but used it a lot, I finally scrapped it because the clutch started to slip and it was due an MOT, I knew it would fail, so I bought a Humber Scepter Mk II, but that's another story!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2004