Four Trips A Bit Back in Time

Pre-depression Prowess: An old friend returns. We restored this terrific Springfield, MA-built Rolls-Royce Phantom I Piccadilly Roadster for the family a couple of decades ago. Back simply for service and top replacement it was great to see son-in-law Gabe and Pamela drive her home one summer day.

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Bugatti Project

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Richard started this year and type Bugatti project ages ago. We’d worked together before. A true enthusiast and lover of fine machines, Richard likes to get his hands dirty doing all he’s comfortable with then sending it to the shop for sorting out and an interior. It then went back to its curator for a few final bits of assembly and is now on the road.

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Richard’s now hard at work finishing up this machine. We did get the clutch, wiring and a host of other mechanicals back on track. We trimmed in green then finished with fabrication of a period-appropriate top frame and then a top, leaving only the stuff Richard enjoys doing to see this terrific Bugatti road ready.

Tom’s 1938 Packard Victoria Convertible Sedan had been both a dream and a labor of love.

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The project had taken years and Tom had worked patiently with other restorers to arrive at the point the photo far left exhibits. Years spent, lots done but still not finished & road ready. Our mission: finish it all up including an interior, top, final paint details, mechanical work where needed and let’s see this project done at last! It wasn’t instant and we did find things unexpected but the result was a good one per the photo lower right with Tom finally able to use and enjoy the fruits of years of effort.

Bentley B-21-BL takes a turn for the better!!

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Ernie had driven his 1934 Gurney Nutting Bentley 3 ½ liter touring car for years. We’ve no idea when the bright yellow went on but it sure needed changing to take advantage of this elegant and advanced 1943 body design. The fix: into the shop, apart and down to bare metal.

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There was some structural metal work to address, adjoining wood body framing to correct and lots more, but Bentley B-21-BL persevered with a bit of help from the ARI craftspeople and was soon in the booth getting its new finish applied to a restored body. The chassis tag’s condition above illustrates this well. All there but a bit worn and tarnished from decades of use.

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Assembly well underway with the top and interior complete. Doors and lots of details to follow.

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Completed then on exhibit at the Greenwich Concours with owner and friend enjoying the day and the compliments. What a difference a distinguished period-correct color scheme makes on an elegant body design of this era. NOTE bottom photo left vs. right.

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AN AWARD ONLY A JUST REWARD. LEFT, Ernest’s newly restored 1934 takes The Best Vintage Automobile, 1930-45 Award from Bruce Wennerstrom with daughter-in-law Mary assisting right.