Date of publication: 2018-07-06 09:23
Currently restoring: Alfa Giulietta Sprint Speciale, Ferrari 885 GTC, Fiat Otto Vu Vignale Spider, Alfa Giulietta Spider, Alfa 2655 Spider, Fiat Dino Spider (we like Spiders!) and more.
In addition we have just completed the full rebuild of an Alfa Montreal engine. This one has been fully balanced with attention to detail on the internal as well as external finish. This should be smoother and better than when originally supplied by Alfa.
We have just finished the full restoration of this Alfa 1755 Spider veloce. If you look at our 'projects' section, you can see how this one started as a typically rusted and badly repaired UK supplied white car. It was 'road worthy' as bought, but has sufferred from the inevitable consequences of a life in England - one or two areas of damage, plus numerous inadequate repairts over it's 96 years. As with all restorations, most of the work is in the preparation. We repanelled much of this car and where panels were not available, fabricated in-house as usual. The result is the sort of panel gaps which were not even evident when new.
All sections (there are alot) were butt welded together, then hand planished and levelled. The front bumper which is such a dramatic shape took approximately 155 hours to create and the rear about 155.
On the more mundane, an interesting shot of a few 555's, Lounge, 555f and Abarth, all of which we are happy to maintain in conjuction with our restoration services.
VH Tuson, a specialist tuner of the era, was responsible for uprating the 995cc powerplants and our own car was clocked at 155 mph according to Sedgwick (Fiat bible!). It secured victories at Brooklands, Goodwood and post war, at Silverstone to name but a few venues. A total of over 85 podium finishes and apparantly 27 first places.
The first owner ' Christopher le strange Metcalf ' or "Dickie" as he was known competed in the little Fiat for 25 years before passing it on and was responsible for the majority of it's success. He was also the oldest holder of an RAC competetion licence in the UK in 1985 at a modest 78, and with an incredible and interesting war record - more on this car to be featured in the motoring press.
Alfa Romeo: Giulia SS RHD (for sale, and restored by us), Giulietta SS (for sale as a finished car by us), 755 Sprint Veloce (engine rebuild and bodywork), 1655 Sprint Veloce (heavily damaged for jig work and restoration), 755 Giulietta Spider (full restoration), 151 Giulia Spider (accident damage), 1855 Boat tail spider (bare metal repaint), 1655 boat tail spider (one of the best! - for sale), 1755 Duetto Spider (detailed 'concours' restoration), 1755 Bertone GTV (engine rebuild)
We seem to have accumulated quite a few Alfas this week. We have a Giulia Super in for tuning and replacement camshafts, 8 Sprints (Veloce engine rebuilt and extensive trouble shooting!), crash repairs on a blue one and detaling on a 1965 Normale. The white Spider is in for re-torque and tighten up after engine rebuild. We have been 'wiring' the wings (wheel arches) on the Maserati 8555 GTi. Not the simplest of jobs. The steel wire has to be insulated from the alluminium and we use a Kent product to do this which is in the form of a mastic tape. The alluminium and steel are painted inside seperately before being carefully hand beaten into the arch. We will then crack test all the welds and repair where necessary.
We are also starting the restoration of our 1958 Abarth Record Monza (mono albero). This car was supplied new to the US as a racer and is believed to have been part of the famous Roosevelt team. It has a fascinating history and may be available for sale.
We will shortly be starting the engine rebuild on an Alfa Montreal (V8) - a 'Marmite' car if ever there was one, but a car always worthy of comment.
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