RH Classics is pleased to present this very special Austin A35 Van behalf of its owner; one of our most valued customers.
First registered in 1967, our A35 van has undergone a comprehensive restoration and presents beautifully.
There’s no doubt that this project has been a labour of love, but here, the beauty is more than skin deep and this A35 is an absolute wolf in sheeps’ clothing, having had over £10k invested over and above other restoration costs to create one of the nippiest examples on the planet.
Think of it as a Cooper S van and you’ll get the picture!
Finished in Almond Green with contrasting Old English White roof, our A35 has been painstaking detailed to evoke a period racing support vehicle in tribute to Leicestershire racer Bob Gerard. Complete with hand painted signwritten ‘Castrol’ decals to the side panels and ‘Lucas’ to the rear, the van looks like it’s driven right off the pages of Motor Sport magazine 60 years ago.
Since the restoration some 3 years ago, the van has been used sparingly and presents beautifully, though you will see the odd small stone chip here and there and we’d describe it as being in ‘driver immaculate’ condition, rather than a too pampered trailer queen.
Much time and attention has been devoted to preserving a outwardly standard ‘factory’ appearance; so no wide wheels or period inappropriate seats here, which only adds to the complete surprise on the faces of other drivers when it zips past them – it really is the ultimate Q car and is an absolute hoot to drive having been set up properly for fast road use.
Fitted with a 1275 MG Midget engine, bored to + 0060 oversize, lightened and balanced rods, crank, flywheel and clutch. High compression pistons, roller rockers, gas flowed cylinder head. Mated to a rebuilt, strengthened gearbox and a long ratio differential, ideal for distance cruising and finally, a front disk brake conversion, which is very necessary, given its forward propulsion!
Perfect for the paddock at the Revival, Shelsley or as it has in the past; all the way down to Le Mans where it embarrassed a good number of so called ‘performance’ cars on the way there and indeed back!