Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Hillman Imp for sale in South Africa?

I was asked for a price on this nearly forty eight year old classic Singer Chamois and looking at the values in the UK used those, then added in our ultra weak exchange rate and came up with a number.

The engine is close to a Sunbeam Sport standard and does go quite a lost faster than a normal Hillman Imp, the price reflects the sport additions of course.

I was asked this question today and the only car I may offer ( and may not) would be the 1967 Singer Chamois we have owned for over twenty years.

A price? I have no idea, would it be as it is and the engine is perfect, starts first time even after standing unused for two weeks. The car can and is used as a daily driver when we have decent weather.

Restored will stack the numbers up but these cars are worth the cost and effort these days.

The car as seen has a lowered an monte carlo stiffer road springs and 13" wide rims, also the front brakes are converted to Ford Fiesta disks, they would all be removed and the car converted back to standard and 12" rims and tyres with the normal drum brakes.

Spares are imported normally from the UK, a recent load was flown in and the air charge was rather massive, many parts are here though.

 Not a pair of opening Hillman  Californian coupe vent light windows, I have just had UP deliver two from Ireland, the total cost was GBP140 plus Vat, when the parcel was opened only one was correct as the other one was from the standard saloon!

So it goes, another one and from England was collected by TNT today, with one more being sent from Scotland we should end up with a matching pair soon, at least my Imp car parts contacts are many.

This is the way we need to ship now, with the SA Postal Service on its knees due to continued strike acctions, the only safe way to get your order is to use a courier service, a British Seagull part posted months back just never arrived.

Below is the route some Imp Californian windscreen rubbers are taking right now:

Via TNT, last week we used UPS.

16 Oct 2014 04:46:34 London Heathrow Hub Shipment Received At Tnt Location 
16 Oct 2014 03:37:28 London Heathrow Hub Pre-arrival Customs Clearance In Progress 
16 Oct 2014 01:56:53 Northampton Hub Shipment In Transit. 
16 Oct 2014 01:55:00 Northampton Hub Shipment Received At Transit Point. 
15 Oct 2014 21:17:00 Exeter Shipment In Transit. 
15 Oct 2014 18:17:41 Exeter Shipment In Transit. 
15 Oct 2014 18:17:36 Exeter Shipment Received At Origin Depot. 
15 Oct 2014 14:32:11 Exeter Shipment Collected From Customer 


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