Interesting, my 18/85 brochure calls it knit-backed expanded vinyl but it certainly looks like Ambla. I know there were all sorts of trademark names going around. Jaguar used Ambla and the name still appears on seats used in British hospitals up and down the land. The company is still going, check out the swatch samples on screen. Look familiar www.ambla.com/
My favourite older car ever is the Austin 16 which was a development of the new 12 and came out just at the end of WW2 in 1945. According Barney Sharratt's book 'Men and Motors of the Austin' they wanted the seats a wide as possible in the car and someone said they should be as comfortable as cinema seats. This gave them the inspiration to put the armests in, one on each side of the seat so four in all at the front. Looking at pics they look identical to the ones on the Landcrab.
No, it is a lot of TROUBLE for the coin. I had one for 2 years and it cost me £15,000 in repairs I couldn't do myself
Mate has the V12 version and it is coming up to 2 YEARS since it went in to a Jaguar specialist with a misfire and they still can't get the thing to run. Run is possibly the best advice - run as far away as possible from it!
Test drove this one on the weekend, was actually a very tidy car and wasn't as slow as I thought it would be (being a single carb 2000 with automatic transmission). I quite enjoyed the seating position and ride was quite pleasant.
Any advice/pitfalls of these cars? I understand they have two timing chains, which the lower one can be a hassle to change and that the inboard brakes on the rear can be a pain in the butt to work on, if required.
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That's the way the world is
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