Premium Classic Cars has prepared both our own and client cars in readiness for many rallies that include Mille Miglia, Goodwood and European historic rallies during the last years and also our Delage last year for the Salon Privee Concours event!
Our team has expanded and we have a second workshop facilitating sand blasting, welding and painting of our chassis all in house.
The past year has seen multiple ground up restoration projects confirmed with cars destined for both Japan and Australia as well of course for many customers here in Europe. Cars destined to take part in the Mille Miglia in 2016 represent an eagerly approached challenge for our Team based on our experiences last year. We are able to offer everything a client may need be it a ground up restoration plus routine servicing or paintwork and trim. Every facet of our work is personally overseen by Phil and Tina whose attention to detail is part of the DNA of Premium Classic Cars.
Our fully equipped workshops in Suffolk work closely with Atspeed Racing in Essex who handle all our Rolling Road final preparation and set up routines.
Over the recent months our workshops have restored TR-s, Mercedes 190SL’s, a S.I.A.T.A and some other outstanding vehicles. Presently we have multiple ground-up restorations running in close succession – be it a ground-up restoration of a potential Mille Miglia entry or a fully appendix K build such as a Lotus Cortina with the winter trail in mind utilising competition parts such as Willans harnesses and of course all important instruments such as Monit rally trip meters. All are everyday installs for our experienced team for whom every car is approached as a search for excellence. We regularly undertake fixed price restorations and firmly believe a classic car deserves a classic service.
We understand the importance of retaining ‘originality’ in cars just as importantly the latent investment potential of increasingly rare cars, where a clear audit trail of work done supported by a strong History File ultimately determines the possible selling price for a vehicle.
Our attention to detail and faithful reproduction of the work that would have been done in period for ‘works cars’, brings unique pride of ownership to our customers and creates outstanding reliability able to be enjoyed at all levels of events.
Our preparation work is very often on a fixed price basis avoiding the open budget so often encountered. We believe the result is in the detail and this should be the norm not the exception! Parts are faithfully repainted, correct bolts, nuts/fixings used, wiring routed correctly and brackets/parts made as required. Once it looks like new it has to work like new so is therefore subjected to proper shake-down miles, spanner checks and a full rolling road set up with timing and carburetion optimized for today’s fuel and likely environment. Such that the car is 100% from the turn of the key it is not a coincidence that many of the cars winning at historic Monaco and leading UK rallies such as the Flying Scotsman have had final preparation and set up with our partners Sanspeed. If you are considering a project (small or large) for rallying, historic events or simply to own a concourse example please give us a call for an informal chat. We often surprise ourselves with the speed we can get projects on track and our feet are firmly planted with regards to what these projects should cost.
Our team at Premium Classic Cars is currently working on a full and detailed restoration of the legendary 1962 Mercedes 190 SL. We specialize in this particular model, restoring and repairing around 12 every year. The 190 SL is an undeniable classic, appearing in films such as G.I Blues, starring Elvis Presley in 1960; The Thrill of It All, starring Doris Day in 1963, as well as the popular TV series Starsky and Hutch and The A-Team. The car stands as the icon for German engineering and economic recovery, first released in 1955 and having won the 1956 Macau Grand Prix with Douglas Steane behind the wheel, it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.
This particular vehicle will be fully restored to its original specifications, undergoing a long list of highly detailed work. We will give you a quick sum of all that that has been done so far in to restoring a legend back to glory. So far the car has been stripped and all its parts have been sorted, the engine, the gearbox as well as the drivetrain has been re-built. The chrome of the car has been re-platted, the car’s stripped body has been carefully re-painted, and a new windscreen has been fitted. All of these jobs have been done in house by our specialized restoration team, except for the paint work which is all done by a specialist body-shop.
Coming up next in the restoration process, is the fitting of the new hides, which have been ordered, the fabric roof will also be installed, as well as the required electronics.