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Epic Restoration 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet RHD

Epic Restoration 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet RHD

Epic Restoration Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabrio ‘It’s incredibly rare… and was missing loads of parts’ One of two right-hand drive survivors, this Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabrio arrived as an unfinished project with a pile of boxes – and hid a critical flaw no-one could have forseen. Words: Nigel Boothman. Photography: Jonathan Fleetwood.

Epic Restoration 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder Tipo AM115

Epic Restoration 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder Tipo AM115

Epic Restoration Resurrecting a deceptively decrepit Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder. ‘When you sat on the bootlid, the door gaps opened up!’ Careless past work and corrosion made the concours restoration of this ultra-rare Ghibli SS Spyder a far bigger task than expected… Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Dean Smith.

Life Cycle 1972 Ford Capri Special MkI

Life Cycle 1972 Ford Capri Special MkI

Life Cycle The life story of a Ford Capri Special This rare Capri MkI Special made an impression on everyone who owned it – from the original Ford dealer who couldn’t stop driving it to the man who bought and restored it twice. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Andy Mccandlish.

Epic Restoration Lancia Flaminia GT Touring

Epic Restoration Lancia Flaminia GT Touring

Abandoned Lancia Flaminia project restored. Epic Restoration… The Lancia Flaminia GT which languished, rusting, for two decades before a marque specialist worked its magic to resurrect it. Resurrecting a rare Touringbodied Lancia after 20 years of rot and neglect. ‘We had to skin it like a rabbit to get it done properly’ Lancia only made a dozen right-hand-drive Flaminia GTs, so Martin Clife snapped up this stripped, corroded example as a rarity. Two decades on, the restoration finally began. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Charlie Magee.

Epic Restoration Ferrari 250 GTE

Epic Restoration Ferrari 250 GTE

‘It arrived with the engine seized solid and the exhaust roped on’. Epic Restoration Ferrari 250 GTE Obsessive quests for perfection. Hospital case Ferrari GTE saved. Epic Restoration You’d think a doctor as a long-term previous owner would spell good news – but for this Ferrari 250 GTE it meant years of neglect. We follow the rescue operation of this grand tourer that had a scrape with deathly dilapidation. Getting in at a ground floor price for any Ferrari 250 means the elevator of expense can only go one way. But saving this neglected GTE was worth every penny, says the owner. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Jonathan Fleetwood.

Epic Restoration Mercedes-Benz 280SL W113 Pagoda

Epic Restoration Mercedes-Benz 280SL W113 Pagoda

Rotten Merc resurrected. Epic Restoration Obsessive quests for perfection. This Pagoda generated an £18k bill – just for body panels. We follow the restoration of a Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda that arrived resembling a collander and left as an exemplar, testing every ounce of a marque specialist’s resolve along the way.  ‘Imagine a 14ft-long Swiss watch… a very broken one’ The pretty ‘Pagoda’ SL has shot up in value, which is just as well when you have to restore one as bad as this. How does £18,000 in new panels alone grab you? Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Jonathan Jacob.

Epic Restoration BMW M1 E26

Epic Restoration BMW M1 E26

 

Epic Restoration. Munich Legends had just 12 weeks to get BMW UK’s M1 press car to Goodwood, despite having to tackle extensive rust and blown body panels.   ‘It looked so good that we wondered if anything needed doing to it. Then we unwrapped it…’ When BMW gave its M1 press demonstrator to Munich Legends for some restoration work it imposed a deadline of just three months. Impossible, or just improbable? Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Neil Fraser.

Jensen Interceptor MkI Epic Restoration

Jensen Interceptor MkI Epic Restoration

 

Eric Morecambe’s Jensen Interceptor MkI restored. Epic Restoration Rescuing Eric Morecambe’s Jensen Interceptor was less divine comedy and more horror story turned labour of love for owner Nick Whale. Epic Restoration Jensen Interceptor MkI. ‘The initial estimate was £50k-£60k. It ended up costing twice that’. This Interceptor was first owned by Eric Morecambe and its history helped the current owner persevere when it was bringing him more grief than sunshine. Words Nigel Boothman. Photos Jonathan Jacob.

Buying Guide Mercedes-Benz SLK R170

Buying Guide Mercedes-Benz SLK R170

Buying Guide. The original Mercedes’ original SLK R170 can be had for buttons, but make sure you read our five-step guide to choosing the best before you buy Five steps to buying a Mercedes SLK. Merc’s bijou roadster is cheap to buy, but pitfalls abound. Here’s how to avoid them. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Tom Wood.

Life Cycle 1978 Lotus Elite 503 Type 75

Life Cycle 1978 Lotus Elite 503 Type 75

Life Cycle. The life story of a Lotus Elite. Over its 37-year life this Lotus has been used as a towcar, people carrier and finally as a weekend fun car. It was an exciting ride. Words Nigel Boothman. Photography Alex Tapley. Lotus Elite as company car, people carrier, gear shedder. Life Cycle. This 1978 Lotus Elite 503 has served duty as a company car, towcar and family people carrier during its hard-working life.

Epic Restoration 1946 Allard J1

Epic Restoration 1946 Allard J1

‘He told me to ignore the car and buy the pile of old bits’ It takes a stroke of luck to stumble upon a stripped, but historically significant Allard in a lock-up. Turning the boxes of parts into a car requires a lot of skill. Words Nigel Boothman. Photos Laurens Parsons. Epic Restoration 1946 Allard J1. Patrick White needed the help of several restorers to rebuild the remains of a famous Allard he found in a lock-up. Now HLP 5 is better than new.

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