Our assessor hit the nail on the head with his description of the bodywork, didn’t he? In a fabulous condition there are only two small marks on either front wing, the condition of the panels (free of dents and dings) is matched only by their alignment, which is superb.
And, the dark blue paintwork, a colour second only to black in the ruthlessness with which it highlights any problems, only adds to the gravitas, doesn’t it? It really does still look every inch the junior executive car it was marketed as.
As we mentioned in the introduction, the 1602 was restored in Italy; we also note it then received further titivation via almost £1,200 spent at Jaymic on bits and bobs for the bodywork. “I was careful to keep it original” the seller told us.
It was worth every penny and every hour that was showered on it.
The chromework is also good and it is supported in its role by a pair of black and silver number plates and good lamp lenses and glazing.
The 13-inch alloy wheels are in a decent condition, and they’re shod with tyres that have good tread on them – and those tyres are matching Hankook Optimo, which is great to see.
We will never get tired of telling you that experience shows that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but it does perhaps give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
As for work to do, while the alloy wheels are decent there is a little surface corrosion on them so we can see refurbishment is probably in their future. Not that they are bad; it’s just that everything else is so good that anything that isn’t excellent stands out more than it would on an inferior car.
Other minor flaws include some pitting to the rear bumper, a small rust bubble on the boot lid, and a crack in the paint at the end of the offside roof rain channel.