What Does “Original” Mean?

I read the latest news and a company in the U.K. (Swindon Powertrains) is going to be selling a Crate electric engine starting at the end of next year. They are going to be building an electric motor and transmission that you will be able to install in a wide range of Classic vehicles, even in a Mini. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove away from their wedding reception in a Jaguar E-Type with an electric powertrain.

The whole originality concept is being stretched over a very wide range. Is a concours quality Jaguar E-Type with an electric powertrain original, custom, or modified? Will the selling prices for these vehicles match the original or be possibly higher? Is there going to be a special category now at concours events for electric powered Classic vehicles? If I certify that my Classic can be reverted to original by swapping out the new powertrain, is the car still original? Would you convert your Classic?

 

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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

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

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.

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British Car Day 2017

British Car Day in Toronto

Hosted annually at Bronte Creek Provincial Park (just west of Toronto) by the Toronto Triumph Club, British Car Day features over 1000 beautiful classic cars, bikes and buses.

This show is of interest to any level of enthusiast or those just plain curious. It’s totally relaxed, bring your car, truck or bike, it’s not a snooty Concours.

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British Car Day 2016

British Car Day in Toronto

Hosted annually at Bronte Creek Provincial Park (just west of Toronto) by the Toronto Triumph Club, British Car Day features over 1000 beautiful classic cars, bikes and buses.

This show is of interest to any level of enthusiast or those just plain curious. It’s totally relaxed, bring your car, truck or bike, it’s not a snooty Concours.

Are you buying at British Car Day? We can help by providing professional appraisal services.

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British Car Day
September 18, 2016
Bronte Park, Oakville Ontario
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1958 MGA

1958 MGA

FOR SALE: 1958 MGA

Great mechanical, original engine, great body and frame. More information on the listing page.

 


 


British Car Day 2015

British Car Day in Toronto

Hosted annually at Bronte Creek Provincial Park (just west of Toronto) by the Toronto Triumph Club, British Car Day features over 1000 beautiful classic cars, bikes and buses.

This show is of interest to any level of enthusiast or those just plain curious. It’s totally relaxed, bring your car, truck or bike, it’s not a snooty Concours.

Are you buying at British Car Day? We can help by providing professional appraisal services.

If you are new to classic car buying or are looking for a set of experienced eyes and ears to augment your own, Give us call. We are ready to help, our fees are more than reasonable!

British Car Day
September 20, 2015
Bronte Park, Oakville Ontario
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We have a tremendous amount of experience in selling estate assets, ask us for more details.

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1968 Jensen Interceptor

1968 Jensen Interceptor

1968 Jensen Interceptor

FOR SALE: 1968 Jensen Interceptor

This 1968 Jensen Interceptor MKI is in sound condition throughout, turn key and driving car MOTed until December 2015. The car was stored in dry storage for 20 years and has now been re-commissioned. Check out the listing at classiccars.com.

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1965 Plymouth Sport Fury

1965 Plymouth Sport Fury For Sale
FOR SALE: 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury

1965 Plymouth Sport Fury with Commando 383, auto, factory a/c and tilt steering, this is a solid southern car. See lots of photos and more details on the listing page.

 


 


1982 Maserati Quatroporte

For Sale: 1982 Maserati Quatroporte

FOR SALE: 1982 Maserati Quatroporte

Originally from Portland, Oregon. Extra clean body and interior. The instrument cluster was recently replaced and hence it now shows higher mileage than documented, the original instruments come with the car. All sorts of new factory fresh parts come with the car. Just get in this one and drive it home. 1982 Maserati Quatroporte For Sale.

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