Ok folks. I was gone for the weekend and not able to post my
observations but, before I list them, here is the issue, from my
perspective. We share lots of very technical points on this site that
leads owners to make decisions about what to do with the restoration of
their particular car. When I was starting to work on mine, I studied
many pictures and gave particular credence to pictures of cars that were
judged to be concourse quality and to postings from this group. We have
a argued and discussed many minute details, decided what was “authentic”
and left the final decision to the owner. But we decided what was
“probably” correct. If anyone ever sees anything on my car that is not
correct, I would respect them more for pointing it out than for keeping
their mouth closed. How else will any of us learn?
So, posted pictures are good learning experiences.
Now here is what I see:
- the registration plate is stamped with a non- W engine number
- the exhaust pipe comes out under the rear bumper and should be behind
the rear wheel on the side
- white engine bay and the under side of the bonnet should be black
- I believe the dash pots should be the short ones without the vent web
- grease gun should be the bakelite version
- spark plug wire ends should be simple metal ends
- hose clamps should be “tex” clamps
- the boot and the underside of the boot lid should be black
- the gas tank filler shroud in the boot should simply be painted black
- floor clamps in the boot should be black oxide or at least not bright
- rear bumper bracket is both wrong and should not be chrome
- no gaiters on rear springs
- should not have a chrome rear license frame
Some of theses things (license frame) could be easily corrected.
Repainting the engine bay could be much more expensive if you wanted to
do it with nothing in the bay. And others are details that are simply
These are what I saw on a brief view. What would a closer inspection
show? I do agree that it is a beautiful car. If someone wanted a
beautiful driver, this certainly fits the bill. But if you want a car
that is correct, this one has a ways to go.
Finally, we don’t pillory the guys that want to modify their cars with
modern upgrades of transmissions, shocks, tires, electronics, brakes,
etc. so where is all the hullabaloo over pointing out the errors on a
car that is represented as a winner at a highly prestigious show? This
car was clearly represented as “professionally restored to perfection”.
I would be surprised if any of us would support that claim. To a high
standard - certainly. To factory standards - never. Factory standards
called for gaiters, the bakelite grease gun, black engine bay and boot,
etc. and I personally don’t see how a white engine bay, no gaiters, an
aluminum grease gun, etc. are better than factory original.
So, is this a beautiful car? Without question. So simply advertise it
as such. Cause it ain’t perfect.