Year of manufacture #1964
Recorded mileage 58,584
Asking price £9450
Vendor Pioneer Automobiles, near Newbury, Berks; tel: 01635 248158; www.pioneer-automobiles.co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Price £1261 (’1957 UK)
Max power 73bhp
Max torque 120lb ft
0-60mph 21 secs
Top speed 87mph
This well-preserved Series III estate has had only four owners, first being registered to Rootes, and the latest since 2013 during which time it’s covered minimal mileage. It wears a decent older repaint and the chrome is all good, although a couple of the wheeltrims are lightly dinged.
There’s been some welding along the sill bottoms, which you’d expect, but the structure appears solid thanks to oil leaks. The door bottoms have been repaired and remain relatively rust-free. The 2007-dated Camac tyres have plenty of tread, and there’s an unused newer Nankang spare.
Inside, the leather is well preserved save one patch and the top of the front seat has been redone in vinyl. The carpet to the load bed and tailgate is newish, under which the rubber facings are original. The rear door cards are coming apart, but will be easy to re-glue. There are a couple of small cracks on the dashboard but the door cappings are smart.
There’s been some recent rewiring work and the washer pump is new, along with the coil and battery, and the heater ducting has been repaired. The coolant is the right colour, but the oil needed topping up.
The engine starts instantly and shows 50psi oil pressure, which never drops, the temperature sits just under ‘N’, the ammeter charging and even the clock works. Progress is a bit less stately than its bulk promises (look on the web for Team Tinworm for some hilarious racing exploits in the States), and the torquey 2267cc ‘four’ pulls well, with reasonably easy gearchanges from the column-shift, four-speed ’box. The overdrive (on top only) didn’t work, but apparently it did on the drive to Pioneer and, according to the warning light, the electrics for it operate, so we’ll assume that a few miles ought to unstick it. The ride is excellent and clonk-free, the steering nicely fluid and the brakes do their job effectively.
The Hawk will be sold with spare keys, workshop manual and parts list, plus an MoT until 25 February. There was an advisory for an oil leak, but on older British iron we’ll count that as a positive for preservation.
EXTERIOR Fairly straight, with an older repaint that’s holding up well
INTERIOR Generally well preserved, just needs a little attention
MECHANICALS Feels in excellent health
For Practicality; comfort
Against A little thirsty
SHOULD I BUY IT?
If you need a period antiquehauler, or you want to do Beaulieu Autojumble in style, it’s a huge, well-made old load-lugger.