If you have or are carrying out a restoration of an Austin A30 or A35 then we'd love to hear from you. 
FAS 195

FAS 195 AKA Frank is a 1957 Austin A35 4 door saloon. He was first registered 18th April 1957 to a Mr George Bowler in London. At the time his registration number was LHX 375 but alas he lost his plate to a number plate dealer in Bournemouth in the early 2000s. Frank spent many years in and around London under Mr Bowler's ownership but he gradually worked his way South. The original buff log book has many of the changes of address that occurred throughout the years. Franks colour was initially grey but as can be seen by the first of the restoration pictures that he has been repainted many times over the years. It is in fact it is because of his paintwork that I am now the car's custodian. More of that later. Frank has gained a 10988cc Morris Minor engine that was fitted in the early 1970s. I still have the receipt for the work that was carried out. In fact I have many receipts that prove that Frank was indeed a much loved car. Frank made a visit to the Isle of Wight for a short time before coming back to the mainland and being snapped up by a chap named Guy. Guy was the number plate dealer that subsequently sold 375 LHX. I guess the number plate being sold wasn't the end of the world as it is part of the reason he is called Frank. His full name is Frank And Stein......... I do own a German Stein that will be on show next to Frank when he is finally ready to be shown. 

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My very own, long-suffering Austin A35 4 door saloon. Hopefully, he will be finished this year. Ready for the International Rally in Wareham.

If you have previously restored or are in the process of restoring your baby Austin and would like it featured on the website then please do get in touch. We would like as much detail about the vehicle as possible plus plenty of pictures. We like pictures. 

RGN 679

Rob Stanley has been the custodian of RGN 679 for 20 years. He purchased it from Dorset Group members, Audrey and Harry Graig who had purchased the vehicle 18 years previously. Much of Rob's early experience with Reg can be found in the Summer 2021 Spotlight magazine.  

I first heard about Reg when I meet Rob and a few of the Dorset Group members at an auction evening in Tarrant Hinton. This was in March 2016. Rob had explained that Reg had been sat outside his house on the road for around 14 months with a very poorly running engine. Details of how we got Reg up and running can be found by clicking here.

Rob used the car for a while but the bodywork had always been a cause for concern. Just before the International Rally in Wareham 2019 Rob asked me if I could do a bit of welding for him on the sills. Nothing major, a quick patch just to get an MoT sorted out. Alas after 10 minutes with a 4 1/2" angle grinder and the full horrors were revealed.