Lot details Registration No: 4560 DP Chassis No: A2S953177 Mot Expiry: March 2017
Historic rally drivers will instantly recognise this Maroon A40 as the one campaigned with great success by the late Don Pither - a man also known for his informative books on the Reliant marque and being co-founder of the Historic Rally Car Register. On Don's passing '4560 DP' was inherited by his son, who has since treated it to a comprehensive rolling restoration. The bodywork, ravaged by no less than 10 Historic Monte Carlo Rallies, was comprehensively refurbished and repainted. The A series engine was fully overhauled courtesy of many parts supplied by ace A series engine builder Swiftune, while retaining the original block and rare Mini-Cooper big valve and ported cylinder head - once completed the unit showed some 70bhp and strong torque on the rolling road. The vendor now classes the high-specification competition Austin's bodywork, paintwork and engine as 'excellent', the (roller bearing) 1275 Midget gearbox as 'very good' and the Grey and Beige interior as 'average'.