[DaimLan] Gary's message and restoration

Gary,

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.

I digress.

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
reproductions.

Alastair Lauener
64 S-Type
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I guess the opinions like those expressed cannot be
disagreed wit, but unforchunately some of the cars
which were exported out and subsquentely the spares
having become hard to come by, the owners have done
some minimal intrusive surgries to keep the car
running. I would love to reverse some of these but
most of the times have been hit by lack of information
besides the owners who have inherited the car are
unable to disclose what the changes were indeed
effected. I guess that over the period these changes
will also become part of heritage for the future
generations as to what extent the owners went to keep
the cars running. Nandgopal— Alastair Lauener alastair@jag-lovers.org wrote:

Gary,

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.

I digress.

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
reproductions.

Alastair Lauener
64 S-Type
alastair@jag-lovers.org

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