I like the orange clothes peg on the choke cable. Nice touch, but presumably the carb setting might need adjustment, slow running etc. Maybe the cable is just too slack. DVLA MoT history looks very good, but apparently the car has not MoT at present.
Interesting pix and history on the Gallery. Looks like at one point it had a custom cutaway engine cover and a wrapped 4-into-1 (?) exhaust. Strongly recommend the new owner takes that wrap off if you want your header pipes to last (but that's a personal choice of course).
The car is advertised as being a 700ES, but then states it's been fitted with an 850cc engine. This seems to count as a 'substantial change' and hence the car requires an MoT even though it's over 40 years old. Just being over 40 doesn't automatically mean you don't need MoT and or tax. To be exempt from tax the vehicle has positively to be registered as historic. This car *is* taxed at present, so presumably it has not yet been registered as historic. DVLA shows it as 850cc so at some point they've been informed of the engine swap. You don't have to apply formally for registration as being MoT exempt, but you're only safe to assume you're exempt if the vehicle has not has any 'substantial change' from being original. Clearly this car *has* had a substantial change, and equally clearly officialdom knows about it. So I imagine the insurance position will be "non-zero risk" if anything happens and the insurance company looks for an excuse not to pay out... (as if!!)
Given the rising values of these cars these days, I think it would be a brave soul who would take a chance on a very substantial insurance payout just for the sake of a £54 MoT bill. IMHO of course
Looking on the government web site it states Alternative cubic capacities of the same basic engine and alternative original equipment engines are not considered to be a substantial change
So based on the above an engine from say 700cc to 850cc version should be ok.
This car is priced at what, £13,000? So it gets stolen or written off, the first thing the insurance firm will do is check the tax and MoT. They'll find it has no MoT and immediately say it shouldn't be on the road (because roadworthiness is a basic obligation of the insured) and refuse to pay out. The insured will then have to argue it doesn't need an MoT. The insurance firm says yes it does, it's had an engine change. The insured will then have to say "ah yes, but it's only a small change so it doesn't count".
Good luck on that one! Have you ever *dealt* with an insurance claim ? For £54 for an MoT all of this can be avoided. Just saying...