Austin A35 Speedwell tribute Van (1966)




RH Classics is pleased to present this very special Austin A35 Van on behalf of its owner; one of our most valued customers.  
First registered in 1966, our A35 van has undergone a comprehensive restoration and presents beautifully.  There’s no doubt this project has been a labour of love, but here the beauty is more than skin deep and this little van is an absolute wolf in sheep's clothing, having benefited from more than £10k invested over and above the cosmetic restoration costs to create one of the fastest and best driving examples in existence; think of it as a Cooper S van.
Finished in correct 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 ‘Castrol’ decals to the side panels and ‘Lucas’ to the rear, the van looks like it’s just driven right out of the Goodwood paddock 55 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.
Significant time and attention has been devoted to preserving a outwardly standard ‘factory’  appearance; so you won't find wide wheels, big tyres or period inappropriate seats here, which only adds to the complete surprise on the faces of other drivers when it zips past them with ease – it really is the ultimate Q car and is an absolute hoot to drive, having been set up carefully 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 and strengthened gearbox, with a long ratio differential, making it ideal for distance cruising and finally, a front disk brake conversion, which is very necessary, given its huge forward propulsion!
Equally at home on the show circuit, or perfect for the paddock at the Revival, Shelsley or down to the Le Mans Classic where it embarrassed a good number of so called ‘Sports’ cars!
Fitted with a rear seat, full headlining, sound proofing and flip top ventilation, so you can terrify your friends and family too!
For sale at £16,495, which represents a fraction of the build cost; pound for pound, we believe that it’s quite possibly the most fun you can have in any car this side of £100k, so go on, scare some big Healey's and MG's with this absolute pocket rocket!
Please note the cherished registration shown on the car is not included in the sale (unless by separate negotiation) and will be replaced by a suitable age-related number prior to sale.
This car is in stock, fully prepared and available for immediate sale.  Viewing by appointment at our rural workshops, just outside of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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  • Mileage: 48,473
  • Year: 1966
  • Doors: 3
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Green


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 1.0
  • Engine configuration: 4 cylinder
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine power (BHP): 80
  • Acceleration: 0 to 62 in 12 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (MPG): 25
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive

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RH Classics

Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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