Monthly Archiv: May, 2015

New BJ8 Restoration!

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Today we can announce our latest restoration will be this lovely 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 which has been driven and loved by the same owner for 34 years!

The time has come to renew most the systems so the owner can continue to use it rain or shine with no worry.

The car has a striking patina, and original pieces under the newer coats of paint it has had over the years. The original interior and trunk upholstery wasn’t spared from a coat of white or two.

Earl Kagna has instructed us to strip the doors, remove the doors, then the windscreen so we can remove the front fenders and see what we are up against.

It’s just too much fun to check out the Vintage Colour Register book by Donald Pikovnik beforehand and imagine the possibilities!

Aston Martin DB2/4

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Today a Victoria icon was reunited with the streets after being in limbo since the 1960s.

This DB2/4 was just completed by Jetstream Custom Auto and Jason brought it by to show off his excellent work.

The car has been at Styles for sometime and fitted with an incredible interior including Mercedes-Gulling-patterned front seats.

Over 20 years ago we helped the project along with some ignition and carburetor work, so it’s a real charm to see it in action.

In the Shop: 1955 Citroën Traction Avant Familiale

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This week we serviced a French car! That being the this 1955 Citroën Traction Avant with the 9-window Familiale body.

The Traction Avant dates back to 1934 and was notable for using a front-wheel drive system combined with a steel monocoque chassis.

This particular car was purchased from Chicago, but appears to have spent much time in Europe.

In the shop: Supercharged MG TC

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Today Hamish Crawford stopped by in his new monochrome MG TC speedster.

It has a distinctive checkerboard pattern in the radiator that was original to the car and was typical mod from the 1960s. Long gone are the sweeping fenders, replaced by simple cycle fenders. This config is seriously waxing nostalgia, as Hamish did up a similar car when he was a teenager.

Under the hood is a the full monte; that being a blown supercharger that eschews the obligatory twin SUs for a setup more akin to a Blower Bentley!

Sebring MGB Racer to be auctioned

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This car sold for $88,000 USD at the RM Sotheby sale

Tomorrow, RM Sotheby’s will auction this MGB from the Paul & Chris Andrews Collection along with an impressive array of stunning showcars.

This is one of three cars prepared by Joe Huffaker, of British Motor Cars Distributors in San Francisco for the 1963 Sebring 12 Hour Race.

The auction description describes the car well:

Qvale was instructed by BMC to modify a trio of stock MGBs with upgraded components that had been sent over from MG in the UK and to build the cars to competition specifications. This included adding aluminum front fenders, an aluminum bonnet, a boot lid, and aluminum doors fitted with Perspex windows. Competition-specification four-cylinder motors were delivered to Qvale and immediately rebuilt by Joe Huffaker, the head of the competition department at BMCD, who added new pistons, revised porting, and his own custom-made camshafts. These engines were fed by dual gas tanks, and multi-speed windshield wipers were fitted to combat the possibility of rain.

Of course, as they were British cars campaigned by an American distributor with factory support, deciding on a racing livery for the three cars was quite simple: red, white, and blue.

For Sebring, the white #46 would be driven by Jack Flaherty and Jim Parkinson, while Jack Dalton and Ed Leslie would be behind the wheel of the red #47 and Jim Adams and Merle Brennan would pilot the blue #48. Although the MGs got off to a good start when the green flag was dropped, they faced fierce competition from a pair of factory-supported Porsche-Abarth Carreras, and the team hoped that they would outlast the cars over the following 12 hours. However, the team’s resolve would be tested when, after just 15 laps, the white #46 car was forced to retire from a failed differential.

As the race continued, the remaining red and blue MGs pressed on, slowly working their way towards the front of the field. Twelve hours after the start, the remaining MGs finished 3rd and 4th in class, with the red #47 car taking 17th overall and the blue #48 car taking 22nd overall, which were good results for the two cars from Abington.