Last owner told us he had the car restored 34 years ago, same owner until our purchase. And this is what we found after testing and examining the car:
No smoke cold or hot, 190 psi compression in every cylinder (at least as good as when new), 70psi oil pressure at operating temperature, smooth running, excellent gearbox, far better than average steering, wire wheels, solid floor (easily improved with a simple wire brushing and hitting it with flat black paint), excellent body with new deep BRG paint, base coat/clear coat, hand wet sanded and painted to a show finish.
Interior all appears to be 'as new' and even has the fairly rare back seat. Top, side curtains, and boot cover are all in very good condition (appear to be new). Same with dashboard and all working original gauges. Chrome appears to be new and, overall, car has a very nice appearance.
We can see a new radiator, has an alternator, new wiring harness, seat belts, is negative ground, trunk is very clean, everything electrical works.............not only looks and drives well, quite nice when one examines the details.
Hard to imagine a better compromise in a classic British sports car. Rated at 110 mph performance, one of the first cars to have disc brakes, the cut down doors, dash with lots of gauges, and wire wheels all contribute to the classic look.
A wonderful fun classic that probably has another 65 years left in it. And while no rust perforation underneath, we can (if a customer wants) sand, paint and detail under the floors and chassis.