This year we couldn’t miss the Vintage Car Club of Canada’s annual swap meet at the Saanich Fairgrounds.
While the event is relatively light on British Cars, parts are around if you look hard and tools are good for all makes and models.
This year a very early pull handle MG was in the For-Sale corral, and even tho it had a dodgy sill repair the $1750 ask seemed very reasonable.
So time and time again I’ve head the tale: the Japanese copied the British designs, improved them and that’s where their thriving industry started.
And to a certain extent it’s true, except they did so with permission from the rights holders in Britain.
On a recent trip to Japan, we visit the Nissan Heritage collection in Zama, Japan and were pleased to see the Austins that Nissan used as a basis for their Prince line which is still produced by Toyota to this day for Tokyo’s taxi system.
Included is a Austin A40 Somerset Saloon and two Austin A50 Cambridge Saloons which became the Prince Sedan and Price Bluebird 1200 respectively.
Our client’s 1969 FHC is coming along nicely, the body was manually stripped and Todd from Fox Customs carefully touched up the tight areas with media blasting.
Todd also removed the lead which gave us a unique inside look into the real joints that lie beneath. The results are posted.
Also included is some of the expoy primer in red which was the original hue that jaguar used on this particular car.