Welcome to our fifth blog of 2020.
The summer has been and gone and despite the absence of Scrambles, Revivals or Festivals of Speed, the workshop remains exceptionally busy with a variety of interesting cars passing through. It’s clear that everyone with an older car has nonetheless wanted to get the most out of this rather unusual motoring year before the weather (and the Government) brings things to a close. On that note, until further notice, we’re unable to host visits up at our workshop in respect of the revised guidelines.
The restoration of the Sir Douglas Bader Alvis TD21 has reached a definitive point, with the painted bodyshell now back with us, which means the long process of refitting can commence. For us this will be a labour of love befitting such a historically significant car and we’ll be sharing more as work progresses.
We’re big fans of the engineering excellence of air-cooled Porsches so we’ve greatly enjoyed working on a pair of classic impact bumper 911’s, including the super original Carrera 3.2 that we are meticulously preparing for sale in the near future, through to a delicious M471 RS 2.7 currently in our care.
Our long term restorations of the 911 T Targa and Ferrari 308 GTB continue to make steady progress and we will shortly be welcoming a beautifully original Aston Martin DB 2/4 in for substantial structural work and we can’t wait to get started on this super stylish David Brown-era Aston.
It’s worth highlighting that we don’t just restore older cars; we’re also equipped to re-engineer them too. We’ve been working over the summer on a Jaguar SS100 evocation to improve safety, practicality and drivability and have worked on a number of areas including custom built wiring loom, re-designed air box and fuel injection, revitalising the multi-function seats, sourcing new wheels, tyres and improved braking – it’s been a big project that’s now nearing completion and the we’re excited to reunite the car with its patient owner.
Looking to the future, we’re about to commence work on our first electric conversion, which could pave the way for more zero emission classics to follow – look out for more details in the next blog…
On the cars for sale front, we’ve said goodbye to our Aston V8 Vantage, the TR6 , 993 Targa and the Maserati 3200, but have welcomed a lovely 1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BMC Competitions Department evocation, a 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa and the 1983 911 Carrera Cabriolet we previewed in the last blog is undergoing final preparation for sale.
In terms of car sourcing, our super-original Series 2 E Type Drophead is now painted and we’re just starting to refit the car before it’s reunited with its owner in the coming weeks.
As winter approaches, we will be welcoming more cars back into long term storage, so if you love your car and want it stored safely and securely, then please do get in touch, or to learn more about how we can help, take a look at the car storage section of our site.
So despite the unusual world we are now living in, we’re thankfully very busy, which is testament to the fact that in tough times such as these, we’re treasuring our old cars more than ever. If you need any help from us – from servicing, restoration, sales, sourcing or even secure storage, please get in touch, as the diary for 2021 is filling up.
Richard, Eli, Rob, Richard, Lee & Kerry