The restoration showcase features the UK’s leading classic car restorers of some of the industry’s most prestigious marques, including Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. Visitors, potential investors and those planning a restoration project will be able to speak to the experts, have their questions answered and gain practical insight and advice.
FERRARI RESTORATION BY BARKAWAYS
It is paramount to understand the restoration process and to be involved with every step of a classic automobile renovation if you want to ensure the right decisions are made throughout the project. Barkaways have gained a wealth of experience in the restoration of classic cars, achieving award winning success with a number of cars undergoing full and partial restorations. The Ferrari Restoration Feature will provide visitors, potential investors and those planning a restoration project with practical insight and advice from Ian Barkaway and his onsite team. Uncover all aspects from the initial inspection through to a fully restored Concours condition car, including all the pitfalls, plus how to insure the integrity and historical provenance of the car remains intact, so enhancing your investment.
Barkaways will be exhibiting a finished engine of a Ferrari Dino 246 GT, shell of a Ferrari Dino 246 GT and a finished Ferrari 246 GT, allowing visitors to view the full restoration process.
MERCEDES-BENZ RESTORATION BY HILTON & MOSS
Hilton and Moss will be taking visitors through the journey of a classic car restoration, from an ideal example of an unmolested 1958 Mercedes 190SL ‘barn find’ car, through to a restored 1968 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda bare metal body shell, a partially re-fitted 1970 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda and finally a fully completed, concours-standard restoration of a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster. With over 20 years of experience of using Mercedes-Benz approved processes, Hilton and Moss complete restorations to the most exacting and original standards possible, thus ensuring its originality and authenticity and remaining true to the Mercedes-Benz ethos of “The best or nothing”.
BUGATTI RESTORATION BY IVAN DUTTON
Ettore Bugatti’s cars reflected his pride and passion, as they left the factory gate they began a journey in miles but also in time where many custodians left their mark on that vehicle. When we are asked to resurrect a car that carries its history with dignity we return the car to the peak of mechanical fitness while retaining the patina and soul for future generations to appreciate.
The conservation rather than restoration of a car, was pioneered by Ivan Dutton through the sixties and seventies on his own cars when it was not the fashion. Since then the value of this approach has become recognised worldwide as the correct way to treat historically important cars.
At Olympia Historic they’ll be showcasing a 1926 Bugatti Type 38 originally displayed at the 1928 Olympia Motor Show. Now fully restored around original components, the car features an upgraded engine, five main bearing crankshaft and twin carburettors on its original numbered sump.
ASTON MARTIN RESTORATION BY CHICANE CLASSICS
Chicane pride themselves on their thorough knowledge of the Aston Martin marque and their ability to work on the classic models right through to the modern supercars. Chicane are able to assist clients both with maintaining their vehicles to original factory specification and improving upon these with subtle upgrades and additions developed in-house to enhance reliability and drivability. Fundamentally, Chicane have the expertise and experience to restore, enhance, repair and service your Aston Martin whatever its age.
At Olympia Historic they will be showcasing a fully restored Aston Martin DB6, plus a DBSV8 which is currently undergoing the restoration process.