My pencil notes show the earliest steel body Nippy as body number 358, chassis 196018. Similarly, the last body number recorded on the Survivors Register for a 65 is about 337, although there are a few cars after that without a body number recorded. Conversely Nippy 196251 is also recorded as having an alloy body.
This car, 19627X, registered late June 1934 and owned since the 1960s and with good provenance, appears to be a very late Type 65. The buff log continuation book lists it as a ’65’ Sports; it has aluminium bodywork, Bluemels 4 spoke steering wheel, no sidelights and a vacuum wiper.
Several aluminium bodies are in use on chassis which are evidently much newer, suggesting rebodying has taken place at some point. This body number, significantly, is 368, which means it is technically in Nippy production but one of those very early re-named cars using up stocks of older 65 parts.
Has anyone got evidence of a later ‘cusp’ car, i.e. still with 65 equipment?
Or indeed, evidence of an earlier steel body number than 358?
The owner is in North London and trying hard to get it back on the road after 20 years in boxes, if anyone is nearby and can offer help or encouragement…