26.09.2019

Why Use A Professional Automotive Trim Craftsman?

I see many restored vehicles. The ones that are done by the owner or the owner’s mechanic nearly always have poor quality trim work. The seat covers don’t fit properly, and the rebuilding of the internals is so poor as to not supply proper support.

Many owners of classic vehicles see no purpose in paying for quality workmanship when installing interior trim. This is extraordinary in that the area of the car that you see the most is where you sit.

I remember many years ago when I went to see a Corvette which the owner had paid a mechanic to restore, it had brand new seat covers installed but the internals of the seat were left with fill material as old as the car. The mechanic had been the only person to sit in the seat and the seat was only a couple of weeks old but the leather was already distorted. When I mentioned this to the mechanic, he told me that the owner of the car was fat and that it would make no difference. When I pointed this out to the owner, he was not amused.

When I was in the Rolls-Royce restoration business, I was lucky enough to have a European craftsman in trim work close to my shop. His interiors were built to last 30 years, and look good for the entire period. Fat or thin made no difference.

 

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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.

16.09.2019

1976 Triumph TR6 with o/d

1976 Triumph TR6 with o/d

1976 Triumph TR6 with o/d

This Southern car has only 64,851 miles on the odometer. More information on the listing page.

 



 

27.08.2019

Customer Testimonials

With over 40 years experience in the business, Bramhall Classic Autos has helped many customers sell their classic car successfully. Here is a sampling of what our customers say:

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RE: XJ6 arrival in Rotterdam

Maurice,

This morning I collected the XJ6 in Rotterdam in corporate style. The car was running at first attempt. The XJ6 looks fine. No surprises or what so ever, again thanks to your detailed description and information.

It’s very valuable we totally can rely on your information and advices, so thanks again and let’s see what the next opportunity will be.

H

26.08.2019

Should You Buy A Car With A Branded Ownership?

A number of people call our classic car appraisal service looking for help with an insurance dispute over the value of the vehicle that they have been offered by their insurance company. They start out by explaining how little the insurance company has offered. As I dig deeper with more questions, I discover that the vehicle they have has a rebuilt, branded ownership. In this situation, the insurance company normally reduces the average market value of the vehicle by 40%. 

This comes as a big shock because people grossly underestimate the value penalty for a branded ownership vehicle. The branded vehicle that they buy may look like new, and the salesperson may be very reassuring as to the quality of the vehicle, but of course they never mention its true value due to its branded status. It’s very common that the owner does not know who assembled the vehicle after it was written off, this can be important in assuring the integrity of the rebuild. 

 

Lipstick on a PigLIPSTICK ON A PIG
Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.

17.08.2019

1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (red)

FOR SALE: 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (red)

Matching numbers engine and transmission. More information on the listing page.