Restored rarities gather Practical Classics Restoration Show

Rare cars that have been beautifully restored by classic enthusiasts all over the country will gather at the NEC’s Restoration & Classic Car Show, held in Birmingham on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March.

Over 20 cars will feature in the Pride of Ownership display including Luke Greenwood’s 1968 Ford Mustang, which is one of just two surviving ‘Rainbow of Colours’ from the 133 originally made. Rainbow of Colour Mustangs were part of a western US promotion, with 13 special colours available for the 1968 model year as part of the promotion.

“I bought it in December 2012, and had it shipped over in January 2013,” Luke explains. “Mine was Dandelion Yellow under the maroon paint I bought it with. I wasn’t aware of the history when I got it – its just luck I suppose! The original engine was rebuilt as part of the bare shell restoration, and a new interior and new dashboard have been fitted. It took me twenty months, but when I finished it in August 2014 it looked as beautiful as new. If anything it’s better than the day it left the factory.”

Another car becoming rarer these days in the Humber Sceptre, and you won’t find many in the stunning condition of Mark Fishpool’s 1963 example. Mark originally tracked this car down for a friend who was trying to find a classic, only for it to be turned down.

“When I collected it, suddenly he was interested – but it was too late,” Mark adds. “It had been the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show car, before being sold to a lady in Portsmouth who had seen it at the show. She kept it until she gave up driving, and sold the car to a local man who owned it for 20 years. I found the car near Cardiff. She’s a keeper now, even though I only bought her in February. She’s in glorious condition too – unusually for me, I haven’t found any jobs to do!”

Bill Hart’s Volvo P1800 is another extraordinary find, as it's a Jensen-built version of the model that he found in a garage in Telford.

“It had to have been standing for 35 years, covered in ivy and had to be cleared as part of a bereavement sale,” Bill explains. “I did some research, found it was a rare Jensen-built P1800 – and did a deal.”

The body of the car was in a poor state. Bill spent ten months stripping the car to a bare shell before assessing exactly what was needed and has since replaced the sills, wings, doors and floor.

“We got ready for painting in late August and back up-and-running by November and got it insured and MoT by February 2015,” adds Bill. “Looking at it now, I think it’s been a worthwhile project after all the hard work I put in!”

The rest of the Pride of Ownership line-up is a mix of American classics such as Richard Jackson’s Chevy Chevelle and Plymouth Belvedere, some fast Fords such as Stuart Fitton’s Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth and Simon Welch’s Fiesta XR2, as well as two more traditional blue oval classics in the shape of Peter Compton’s ’72 Cortina Mk3, Martin Jones’ Cortina Mk1 GT, and Mike Chapman’s Zodiac Mk1 to name a few.

The NEC’s Restoration & Classic Car Show has doubled in size including new features, the Live Stage, expert advice, live demonstrations, extensive trader village including the UK’s spring’s largest indoor Autojumble, leading dealers, specialist restorers and Silverstone Auction’s project and classic car sale

Ticket prices start from £12 in advance. To book tickets and for the latest updates, visit www.necrestorationshow.com or call 0844 858 6758


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