These cars were not loved in post war Britain circa 1950 and as such not many of this particular model survived. Especially the ‘S’ variant (twin carbs and 100 horse power) which this car is.
Purchased by the previous owner in November 2002, she had been converted to be a rally car and the interior had been stripped out, the body work was in poor condition and the engine and mechanical parts were worn out. She was painted maroon at that time.
The owner did basic mechanical improvements and got the car ready to be used in a Classic Car Rally – 5000 miles from Cape Town, through Namibia, along the Skeleton Coast, through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. The car performed well, the only problems being some of the modifications that had been made, like the alternator shredding fan belts. She would have obtained a gold medal if the driver had not been ill and missed a check point time; she had therefore to settle for a silver medal.
On returning to the UK the car was given a full mechanical, bodywork and interior restoration, which took over two and a half years to complete. This required the purchase of five donor vehicles in order to collect all the parts necessary to finish her off properly. She is now in perfect condition and drives very well.