Wed, 7th Dec 2016 14:30

Chateau Impney

  Lot 31

1963 Austin A40 Farina

Sold for £5,400

(including buyers premium)

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'.

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