140 coupe battery leads

Newly aquired 140 coupe…been off road for many years…my question is why are the battery lead terminals in the boot (trunk if American) ??

Hi Steve,

Pure guesses … the battery compartment(s) rusted out, so this was a hack solution, or the car was raced and the battery was relocated to change weight distribution (seems the spare wheel could not have been stowed).

Another guess - PO wanted to fit a bigger battery due to difficult starting in cold weather.


Thanks Clive. Battery boxes are intact, but car does have some rally history…so maybe it was a weight issue?