I did see the letter in the JEC mag and thought at the time the letter
would raise some interesting thoughts.
I too normally believe in leaving rare cars well alone. I love to see old
classic cars well cared for, but with the patina of age that can only
return some 30 years after restoration.
It is also a shame to see incredibly low mileage cars that have perhaps
kept well, but no one has ever enjoyed them
I think with 77RW, major work was required, else the car would never have
been driveable. What is a shame here is that the car will never get
driven as intended after this year, same with 9600HP.
My S-Type was ‘renovated’ bodywise, ie metalwork repaired and resprayed,
it is now like a 3-4 year old car. The cawas my father’s, I grew up
with it, I lovingly dismantled it and re-assembled it, and it is now a
marvellous family car, one day perhaps to be cared for by my sons or
daughter? The interior is largely original, and smells it. The engine was
dismanteld, some new parts and re-assembled, but no engineering.
But S-Types aren’t particularly valuable, or rare. Neither are E-ypes
generally, 77RW is interesting, but not really special.
Listers views on restoration will be as wide and varied a the listers
themselves. Normally I am happy to see anything goes, unless a car is
perhaps a one off special. So for most classic cars,I am happy to see the
owner doing what he/she wishes with their vehicle, but in rare cases I
would like to see the an individual car preserved for th efuture.
Personally I think 77RW needed restored rather than renovated, and perhaps
original differences noted, but reproducing original differences is a
waste of time for what should be a drivers car.
While some owners love upgrading a classic (say Mk2) to all the latest
upgrades, I think trhis is sometimes very sad. These cars become
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