Another month, another new motor. And this one’s a bit special, as it’s a reasonable example of a car I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember. In fact, I do wonder why on Earth I’d never actually owned a BMC 1100/1300 yet. Well, until today, anyway.
This evening, I had this beauty delivered to my place after coming to me at a price I really couldn’t refuse. It needs a few bits and bobs doing to it, but it’s overwhelmingly healthy, doesn’t look too rotten underneath and is actually – and amazingly – the first car I’ve owned that is registered as Historic.
So far, I’ve driven it around the village as the exhaust needs re-hanging, and it’s absolutely delightful. The highly-charismatic A-Series gear whine when you pull away, the way the Hydrolastic suspension rises and falls gently and the smell of hot vinyl and plastic inside took me straight back to my childhood and simpler times.
Being a 50-year old car, it’s far from perfect, but there’s an absolute pile of spare parts with it which I’ll get to fitting in time. There’s a box with a new carpet set in it, as well as a new grille. I’ve not been through everything in the boot yet, but the brand new boot badge has already been fitted.
I’m not sure what my plans are for it yet. My Audi 80 is already performing classic duties, but this one should star at the more British car-themed events I’m planning to do, including the upcoming AROnline 20th anniversary bash at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
I’m just excited to have a car that I’ve admired and loved for so long. It’s fair to say that the 1100/1300 was one of the cars that inspired me to create AROnline all those years ago. I just hope that this Mk3 (my favourite type of ADO16) performs admirably in the coming months and years. I suspect it will!