Glass’s commercial vehicle editors rted it for its compact size, big payload and “nippy disposition”, which they say should appeal to SMEs and fleet operators.
“Often kept for many years, the practicality of the microvan was a big advantage and allowed the driver to access the tightest of spots,” adds Glass’s chief commercial vehicle editor Andy Picton.
“With limited numbers sold in the UK, you will need to search long and hard before to find a nice example, with many overworked ones only fit for the scrap heap,” he continues.
“However, a straight, low mileage Porter will command plenty of attention and strong residual values on the open market.”
Glass’s bewst buy is the Piaggio Porter Petrol EU5 1.3cc van on a 1463 plate with 25,000m. Glass Trade £3,425 + vat Glass Retail £4,475 + vat.
Launched under licence from Daihatsu in 1992, the original Innocenti Porter was based on the seventh generation Hijet microvan and was available with petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG and electric powertrains.
Check for corrosion around the fuel pipes where they meet the fuel tank. In addition, higher mileage examples may need the rocker cover gasket replacing and possibly the metal water hose that runs across the top of the engine.