A magnificent acquisition. This is a coachbuilt Barker bodied Lanchester LD10, off the road since 1984 and bought from a farm where it had been living in an actual barn. Surprisingly original and solid, a real survivor. Rear wheel drive, overhead valve, four cylinder engine with a pre-selector gearbox. Pre-selector gearboxes are sort of halfway between a manual and an automatic. Mechanical rod operated drum brakes all round with no assist. I'm only the third owner of this nearly 70 year old car. The plan is to conserve the general appearance, go through and make sure it's structurally and mechanicall sound, and then enjoy it on the open road.
I have never owned or driven anything quite like this, so when we get it to road safe status it's going to be quite an experience. The goal is preservation of the current appearance, traditional restoration would spoil what this car is. Still on its original registration with no plans to change that because can you imagine putting new plates on this? Not happening. All the oily bits will be gone through and made safe before venturing out onto the open road, and any structural concerns (none found so far) will likewise be addressed.