Okay, so I've been here for about five years and not actually owned any proper shite in that time. I can't compete with things like Matra Ranchos but I hope I can make amends with this new purchase, a joint project for myself and my dad. The purchase and collection was done all wrong though:
1. Bought what we intended to and not something completely different
2. Went to look at it before buying
3. Bought a roadworthy car with an MoT
4. Bought from a seller only 60 miles away, drove there and drove it home
5. No collection thread as nothing interesting happened
6. No pez station stop as it had plenty of fuel
There was Woollardage though:
It all happened very quickly - the car was advertised Saturday morning, my dad rang the seller at lunchtime and we went over that afternoon, had a good look and gave him a deposit, then went back to collect it today. So what have we got? It's a 1978 Austin Maxi 1750 with 36,000 miles and two previous owners. The seller is a typical Maxi owner, an eccentric 85-year-old giffer who said he's had Maxis since this one was new and has owned about a dozen of them over the years. He doesn't even have a modern car and still has another Maxi (an early cable-change car), two Ledbury Maestros bought new(!), an older Maestro, a Citroen Traction Avant and at least one motorbike.
First sight on a stormy Saturday afternoon
Incredibly it is all original and has never been welded. It seems to have been rustproofed from new and there is no visible rust whatsoever, although the back doors are just starting to go on the inside. The paintwork is a bit scruffy and has worn through to the primer in places but it's very sound and all the white specks you can see in the nooks and crannies are dried-on polish. It was filthy though and after a wash and leather it looks much better but could still do with a T-cut and polish. The seats are very good as they had some hideous furry covers that had faded to a pinkish colour but were originally bright orange!
It drives really well and didn't miss a beat on the 60-mile journey home so there's nothing interesting to report from the collection. The seller said the gearbox is one of the best he's ever encountered and I think he's right. There's so much torque you can put it in fifth at 25mph and it'll pull all the way to 70. It's not concours by any stretch but is structurally and mechanically sound and very honest, and there are lots of little improvements that can be made but nothing that will require taking it off the road so I think we've bagged ourselves a little gem.
Anyway, enough waffle. Have more pics.
Looks nice inside
Modern shit evicted from the garage to make way for a proper car
Maxis are for winners
Floor of much soundness. Note the horrible seat cover.
Grille is from a Maxi 2 and makes it look like an over-inflated Mini Clubman. My numberplate OCD is satisfied.
Looks much better for a clean. It's the law that all Maxis must have towbars.
A nice chap at Hagerty Insurance has already suggested entering it for the Festival of the Unexceptional next year, and its show debut is also intended to be in Whittlebury at the Country Fair this Saturday.