This gorgeous little 1959 Austin A35 has been discovered just in time to feature in the UK’s biggest Barn Find display at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show.
It was found by Mark Fishpool, a restorer from Peterborough who will aim to get the car back to its original condition after the show ends. He’s already been doing some work on the mechanicals and after 20 years of slumber, “now the old girl ticking over like a Swiss watch so she can be moved about under own steam,” says Mark.
The car started its life with F.C Pepper and Sons in London W1. Percy Clements of Clacton-on-Sea became the second owner just ten months later, before ownership passed to his wife Elizabeth in 1968.
A Mrs J.M. Lyons of Bimingham became the next custodian of the Austin in 1970, again staying in the family with Frank Lyons until it was sold again in 1997.
In the year 2000 it finally found another long term resting place with a Ken Hopkins of Leicester, although Mark believes it has not been used or driven since the 1980s.
“I have a mountain of paperwork that came with the car giving a lot of history. A two door deluxe saloon finished in the popular racing colours of Speedwell Blue, its an ideal candidate for the Academy Race series.
“I have the headlights, front bumper and original interior seats for her, these will be fitted to make the old lady look her best before any work is carried out in the future. She obviously needs some TLC but as these little Austins are becoming more popular with everyone of all ages it is well worth the effort.”