classic car forum header
Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration.
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
How To Register     Posting Photographs     Privacy Policy     F/book facebook.com/oldclassiccar

1964 Austin Cambridge
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration. Forum Index -> Austin
Author Message
Daniel H



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
Posts: 62
Location: Herts

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: 1964 Austin Cambridge Reply with quote

Back in December I caught wind on another forum about this car, which had surfaced at a local house clearance auction. We went to look at the car on the day before the sale, expecting a wreck considering it had no reserve nor tax and test so was pleasantly surprised to discover it was an solid, unmolested one family owned from new car with a genuine 39,000 miles and a ton of history, including MOT certificates going back to the early 70's. However the auction is very busy on sale days and we predicted it would end up going for thousands after a mega bidding war, but we still decided to go to the sale just to see how much it fetched. The advertising for it was pretty much non-existent, with no mention of it in the catalogue nor a lot number on it, just sat in a corner next to two skips covered in snow. I'm sure most visitors never even knew it was in the sale!! Anyway I still registered for a bidding slip just in case it went cheap, as it seemed nobody else was even bothering to get the keys to give the car a looking over!! After around 3 hours waiting around for it to come up, the bidding started at 1000 with no interest, so it was hastily dropped to 500. Then the war started between me and one phone bidder, who opted out at 1000, (which was the maximum limit I was prepared to go on it myself...) making me the auction winner!! Very Happy





Some better quality ones taken the following morning. The only work needed was the replacement of the electric fuel pump, and the freeing off of the rear brakes to get the car roadworthy again. After a few jump starts and some fresh petrol it was running like a dream, and the auto box was changing with no problems. These checks were made after I paid for the car too so it was certainly a gamble... Embarassed It appears to be entirely original apart from a pair of new sills and an offside (steel Razz ) front wing. We managed to get it MOT'd shortly before Christmas, the tester being overwhelmed by the condition especially the underside which he claimed was like new.





As far as I know it was never taken to any shows by the previous owner, a Miss Edna Hundley from Ruislip and in the few years before it was laid up in 2003 it was only just reaching double figure mileages between MOT's. Shocked There are still a number of tasks left to do on the car, including replacing the heater valve, sorting out the collapsing driver's seat and tiding up the lower half of the body which has seen some light scraping and bad aerosol action over the years.






Last edited by Daniel H on Mon May 02, 2011 5:26 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rick
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Posts: 20335
Location: Cheshire

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good find!! Someone sent me photos a while back of an A60 the same colour, I thought at first it was the same car but the one I have pictures of was a manual, not auto.

Until last year I ran a Mk2 A55 as a regular user, a little (!) scruffy in the paint department but underneath as sound as a pound. Another one I should probably have hung onto Smile

R
_________________
Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Richard H



Joined: 03 Apr 2009
Posts: 2142
Location: Suffolk

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see you over here at last Dan Cool
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Daniel H



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
Posts: 62
Location: Herts

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:


Until last year I ran a Mk2 A55 as a regular user, a little (!) scruffy in the paint department but underneath as sound as a pound. Another one I should probably have hung onto Smile

R


Here's a hand painted, fibreglass winged example being used as a daily by an elderly couple in Hemel Hempstead (apparently for over 20 years!) which I often see on a regular basis. There was also a badly resprayed blue with a white stripe pre-suffix A60 used regularly by a demolition worker near me up until last year but it's now been sold.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ironhead



Joined: 28 Mar 2010
Posts: 458
Location: Leicestershire

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice car Daniel!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
RUSTON



Joined: 07 Mar 2011
Posts: 144
Location: Matlock.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first car that I owned was an A60, Snowberry White, 7134 DP. Changed it for a series 6 Morris Oxford, still have some fond memories!

Pete.
_________________
Measure twice...cut once!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rick
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Posts: 20335
Location: Cheshire

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coo that black A55 doesn't 'arf remind me of the one I had until last year!



RJ
_________________
Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Daniel H



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
Posts: 62
Location: Herts

PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got round to getting photos of some paperwork that came with the car, looks like the family must have been motoring for at least two decades before buying this Austin judging by the age of some of the road maps. The period 'Barnacle' St. Christopher ashtray was on the dashboard but it's now been removed as none of us smoke. I've also managed to source some 60's AA members handbooks from bootsales, the 1964-5 edition displays well with the car. Smile



30 MOT certificates from 1973 to 2003 Shocked


And the original BMC passport to service, handbook and the 2002 tax disc which was in the car when bought, so it must have not been taxed after it's last MOT in 2003. Gotta love old paperwork like this... Cool

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rick
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Posts: 20335
Location: Cheshire

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only just noticed this Daniel, what a great haul of paperwork. How's life with the Cambridge going?

Rick
_________________
Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Daniel H



Joined: 12 Apr 2011
Posts: 62
Location: Herts

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been going well Rick, me and Dad have racked up around 700 trouble free miles in it so far. Going to try and get the lower half of the body tidied up and the collapsing front seats sorted out within the next few weeks. Smile
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration. Forum Index -> Austin All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
Forum T&C


php BB powered © php BB Grp.