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Whitworth & BSF

If you’ve ever wondered, whilst working on your 1950’s or 60’s car, why some of the heads are rounded on the bolts, maybe it’s a because there are a combination of bolt types used on the vehicle. Whilst everyone working on a 50’s or 60’s classic car will have AF spanners, how many of us […]
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Meet the sales team

The people you are most likely to talk to, if you call us are: Nigel, Jack and Ben. Nigel (above left) is one of the owners and has been with Leyton for twenty years, having managed the business before buying it in 2012. His knowledge of the industry, huge product knowledge and technical ability is […]
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Mini 1100 Special 1979

I first saw a Mini Special in a shopping Centre in 1979 and fell in love. Trouble is I couldn’t afford it…it had an 1100cc engine, in silver or rose metallic, with clubman bumpers and black vinyl roof. The interior had lovely tartan check cloth upholstery; two spoke steering wheel and 3-binnacle dashboard (like the […]
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That sharing thing…

When you own a kit car or low volume sports car, keeping it going requires a fair bit of detective work, why? Because most of the important but expensive items, such as wing mirrors, door handles, interior and lights have to be sourced from somewhere. A few years ago I accidentally caught and knocked off […]
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Crayford Convertible (Heinz) Wolseley Hornet

In 1986, looking through classic and Sportscar, I noticed a piece on the Hornet Convertible. Heinz gave 57 away (57 Varieties being the Heinz slogan) in 1966 to the lucky winners of a soup contest. Built by Crayford, who left the side windows in place, similar to a Morris 1000 convertible. , Strengthening the floor […]
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All our cars – continued

All our cars (or Vans) 1971 Mini Van My first of many vans was a 1971 blue 850cc van bought from Offleys in Ellesmere Port (where the business is based today). Offleys, who were the local Austin/Morris dealer, sold vans to the Stanlow Oil refinery and then took them back at 3 years old, often […]
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Smart Motorways & classic cars

Newspaper articles on smart motorways keep appearing, with some regularity.   It’s something, which worries, me every time I start a long (ish) journey, in one of my pre 1970 cars.  In fact dual carriageways, like the A34, a fast road with no hard shoulder, can be just as harrowing as a smart motorway. Whilst I […]
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All our cars

Still on the cars we’ve owned, I’ve added a couple more from our fleet in the 1970’s. 1970-1980 Morris 1000 After Nigel wrote off his VX4/90 he had to find something quickly to “put him on”. His next car was a blue minor 100, affectionately known as “moggy” – it cost him £150
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vauxhall victor

All our cars 1970-80

Whilst the two Directors of Leyton Classics own a few classic cars, over the years they’ve owned some interesting stuff. Being friends since 12 years old, they shared many early escapades in their cars. We thought it would be fun to outline a few real “corkers” in a series of posts on the website. Since
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2021 here we come

2021 HERE WE COME The web shop is open for business, although we will be adding much more stock within the next couple of months. Despite the weather, Covid and Lockdowns we are still here and open….and busier than ever! The counter remains open, with Covid safety foremost, for both our staff and customers. Please
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