Westfield 1600 SE, 1995 Q Reg. in Blue
Properly built, and well finished Westfield 1600 SE, completed in 1995, and covered 16500 miles. Built with a brand new Ford CVH 1600 as fitted to Mk2 XR2s and Mk3 XR3s, running Weber Twin 40 DCOEs with a Kent Cams CVH33 higher lift cam, Piper Cams vernier pulley, electronic ignition, mated to a 5 speed Type 9 gearbox and with a 3.89:1 LSD axle fitted later on in 2008. Engine is super sweet, and very willing, probably around 115-125bhp, and in a car this light, and one that makes all the right noises thanks to the ’40s and side mounted exhaust, it feels properly quick. Great fun, and takes us back 20 years or so when we had various examples, including one of the first X-Flow powered ‘Pre-Lits’ and a Lotus Twin Cam powered SE in the ‘Prisoner’ colour scheme of Green and Yellow with Yellow wheels.
All the right bits fitted, specifically the very pretty front cycle wings, 14″ Minilite type alloys with good matching 185/60 Bridgestone Potenzas, Spax coilover suspension, chrome roll over hoop, as new doors, tonneau and rear compartment cover, well finished interior with excellent dashboard, comprehensive VDO instruments, supportive and comfortable seats and harnesses, decent carpets, heater blower, stainless rear stone guards, and as mentioned LSD, side mounted exhaust, and a lightly tuned sweet motor with twin 40s and high lift cam. Distinctive ‘Westfield’ and ‘Powered by Ford’ decals look a treat.
In terms of paperwork, there is lots and lots of it, all neatly filed in an A4 box folder, and covering the car’s entire life, including the original kit purchase invoice from Westfield Cars Ltd, invoices for the new engine, carbs, gearbox, almost everything, and comprehensive parts/build catalogue. It makes interesting reading.
There is a strong school of thought, that ‘sensibly powered’ Westfields such as this, and Caterhams alike, with smaller wheels and rubber, are the most enjoyable. These cars remain more true to the original ideology and simply do not need 200bhp +. Whilst that is nice, it is easy to argue that more fun will be had in the ‘twisties’ on a sunny morning in one like this, so balanced and drivable, with kart like feedback, and plenty quick enough for it’s raison d’etre, that is to provide fun, and fun aplenty.
Just had new Gates timing belt, Castrol Magnatec 10w/40 semi synthetic oil and Bosch oil filter. Recent NGK BCPR7E plugs.
In overall excellent condition, this is a very smart and clean Westfield SE. Not perfect of course, it does have some minor crazing to the bonnet panel, but all in all this is a very good, well sorted example. Looks and sounds fabulous, and goes very well, it does everything that you would want of it.
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