More Photos of 330GT 2+2 Details

I used an example in the previous post of the subjective nature of how bright a Borrani wheel should be. Borrani was an industrial supply company so I doubt the chrome was highly polished nor was the alloy rim. The rest of the chrome on Ferrari’s was similarly dull in comparison to the super straight and mirror like chrome on restored cars.  In my personal opinion, when you are restoring a very expensive car, the chrome and paint should be brilliant. The body work should be laser straight, the panel fit excellent and interior perfect.

When you look at an original Ferrari, you can see so much bare steel and layers of bodywork sandwiched together without any protective coatings or seam sealer. A recently restored Ferrari should restored where everything should be sealed up to be preserved for much longer than originally intended.

I should say that the body on this car is incredible. The door gaps and shut lines are perfect. The paint looks good from the top but there are many ugly areas down low at the rocker panels. There are many touched up areas on this car that I believe to be done at the factory. However, if Pininfarina spent some more time sealing up the nooks and crannies, fewer of these cars would have rusted into the storm drains of Paris and Milano.

Ferrari Paint Orignal details

Ferrari 330 Pininfarina Nocciola

Notice the light application of paint under the rocker panel trim.

Ferrari Pininfarina 330 2+2

Bottom of the door showing primer on a Pininfarina Ferrari 330

Pretty scary finish details on this door. Mostly primer protects this door.

 

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Very Orignal Ferrari 330GT 2+2

If you ask someone who remembers owning or servicing Ferrari’s back in the 1950′s or 1960′s, they will probably tell you that they weren’t very well finished. My father often says that we make the cars significantly better than they were when new. Judges on the show field have been known to deduct points for a car that is “over-restored” which must be a very hard thing to determine.

Most Ferrari’s from the 50′s and 60′s have Borrani wire wheels. How brightly they are polished seems like a bit of a sliding scale. If you spend $5000 to have your wheels rebuilt, don’t you want them to be highly polished? I have seen many photos of a Ferrari chassis rolling on Borrani wheels while the body is being constructed at a coach builders shop so there is no way the wheels were shiny after that gritty process. I would guess that Borrani used more of an industrial chrome plating on the spokes and hubs and lightly polished the alloy rim but you wouldn’t need sunglasses to look at them!

Another example is the satin black paint on the chassis and engine bay. From what I have seen, it appeared to have been hastily applied by brush right over dirt and weld spatter. I’ve always tried tried to imagine how the rubberized undercoating was applied and picture someone holding up cardboard to prevent over-spray while blowing it on in heavy coats.

Pininfarina used some different practices than Scaglietti but overall, I think there was lots of similarity. Pininfarina used super heavy rubberized undercoating that looked like sagging elephant skin. Scaglietti used a lighter coat of “pebbly” rubberized undercoat.

Anyhow, we had a incredibly orignal 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 in the shop last month. This car has 3000 miles and was perfectly preserved in a dry climate so you can see all the evidence of the original build practices. In the next few blog posts, I will show some of the intricate details on how this car was finished 50 years ago. If you are interested in getting a flash drive of all the details of this car, let me know.

Rear Leaf Spring Ferrari 330GT Chassis

Ferrari 330GT Chassis Rear

Here, you can see the thick “elephant skin” undercoating and other details like black oxide radius arm bolts. You can see lots of gold over-spray on the thick undercoating. This may mean the car was painted after the undercoating or the car was touch up after it was assembled. There are many other areas of touched up paint on the car.

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Front Suspension detail of Ferrari 330GT

Note the think Dijon mustard colored paint on the bottom of the cross member but the thick dripping black paint on the radiator support. The Chassis does not appear to have been painted like many restored cars. It is more a blend of over spray and rubberized undercoating. Note how sloppily the yellow tamper evident paint was applied!

Undercoating details on a Pininfarina Ferrari

Undercoating on a Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Look at the heavy undercoating on the chassis tube.

 

 

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Super Original Jaguar XKE

Last fall, a customer asked me to check out a cool 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster on Ebay. I contacted the seller who told me that his father purchased the car when new and it has never been out of the family. We bought the car, shipped it to the shop and did a bunch of work to make it a perfect driving yet very original example. The interior is incredibly well preserved but the carpets were a few random threads so we replaced the main carpets and left the rest of the original “Hardura” and that velvety stuff in the back area. We have spent a ton of time behind the wheel of this XKE and it is one of the best we have had. It has a supple original feel while feeling super crisp and responsive. Everything works perfectly on this car except the original hazy window in the convertible top that you can’t see through. This is a very special matching numbers example with a perfect original tool roll and lots of little details that would make a Jaguar expert very happy. Even though the owner loves this car, he has some college expenses coming up and is ready to sell the car.

I have tons of photos of this car including the tool kit and other details so let me know if you would like more information or specific shots. The tool roll is like a little treasure that you have to carefully unwrap to see the delicate Dunlop tin brake bleeder kit and all of the clunky tools. So cool.

Dunlop Brake Bleeder Tin

XKE Tool Roll for Jaguar

 

Series I 4.2 Jaguar XKE

1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster 4.2

XKE Roadster OTS S-I 4.2

Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 Roadster

 

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512BB Ferrari

A few weeks ago Bill told me about a few Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer coming up for sale and since the timing was right, I pulled the trigger and bought it. When it arrived, I was kind of disappointed with the paint but very impressed with the rest of the car, the interior is great, dash is perfect and it drives like new. It constantly reinforces how much I like BB512′s with carburetors.

Ferrari 512BB Berlinetta Boxer

Ferrari Boxer

One of the most interesting things about this car is the perfectly preserved tool case. These are extremely delicate items that often get kicked around or left in a damp location to get moldy and break down but this is one of the best I have seen, testament to the original and well kept condition of the car.

Tool Case for Ferrari 512BB

Ferrari Boxer Tool Case

I am working on honing in my video skills and equipment to make more videos of the cars, here is one of my first attempts to make a short and simple video of this car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB5NxR3ajuc

 

 

 

 

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This is Cool, Original Porsche Car Order

Car order for Porsche 1960

1960 Porsche Car Order

This is such a cool document to study, it is a Car Order from a Distributor in Hamburg Germany to a dealer or private individual in San Jose CA showing how much that rear view mirror and ash tray costs. I did a little digging and found that Raffay is one of the biggest Porsche Dealers in Germany but I couldn’t get onto their website. I also did a little search for Clifford Haselton in San Jose CA. but I couldn’t really find anything. I like how they wrote this order and blanked out the different models with on the RH side of the document, not a Coupe, not a Hardtop Cabriolet but a Roadster. These documents are very rare as you can imagine.

There are all kinds of other documents that have stayed with this car for the last 53 years and the overall condition of the car reflects the same sort of care and integrity. This care is all compounded by the fact that it is an authentic California “Black Plate” car, one of the most solid, complete and original cars I have ever seen bar none.

Porsche 356 Roadster

Original Black Plate Porsche

1960 Porsche Roadster

Porsche Roadster Drautz

 

 

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Jaguar XKE Roadster and Coupe

We just got a few Jaguar XKE’s for our inventory, a green 1966 XKE Series I Roadster and a 1971 Series II Coupe. I first saw this Roadster this spring at a friend’s shop in PA. and stupidly didn’t just buy it right then and there. Anyhow, now its here and looking splendid in its British Racing Green with Biscuit Leather color combination and wonderful overall condition. There has been so much interest in XKE’s lately that I have a few other ones on back burner so let me know if you are interested in purchasing one. I purchased a low miles 1966 Roadster in CA, have a lead on a 1966 4.2 Coupe and a friend in Florida has two magnificent S-I Roadsters, both confirmed 100 point JCNA Judged cars.

The red car came in from Ohio and its an incredibly straight, solid and complete car. I did a blog post on it a week ago but now that its at the shop I wanted to share some better photos of the car. This XKE Coupe has some cosmetic issues that I will may deal with but the mechanical condition is outstanding. The engine was overhauled recently, transmission shifts perfectly, final drive is silent, its simply a great driving XKE. The floors and rocker panels are totally solid and all of the bright trim and glass is perfect so any work to clean up the paint or interior will be well matched to a sound driving car.

Later this week I am going to get some photos of the undercarriage to share with anyone who is interested.

XKE Roadster in BRG

British Racing Green XKE

1971 XKE Coupe Jaguar

XKE Series II Coupe 1971

S-I and S-II XKE's For Sale

Series I and II Jaguar XKE’S

 

 

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1971 Jaguar XKE Coupe

Jaguar XKE S-II Coupe

Jaguar XKE Coupe 4.2

The Series I 3.8 Coupe sold recently so we just purchased this very nice and original Series II Coupe. Peter is leaving early next week to pick up the car and get it here for a check up. The car is supposed to be in very good driving condition but as you can imagine, it is going to need some things. Let me know if you want more information on this wonderful XKE!

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1977 Ford F-250 Pickup

Ford High Boy Pickup

1977 Ford F-250 Pickup

Branden found this 1977 Ford F250 Pickup for me a few weeks ago, I’ve been looking for another truck to replace the 1968 F250 that I sold this summer. This truck is super clean and solid and I am looking forward to getting it here so I can make sure everything works properly and use it next summer. Thanks again Branden!

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1997 Ford Powerstroke Diesel

Ford Powerstroke for sale

1997 Powerstroke Diesel For Sale

Since I am desperate to get some inventory here at the shop, my old pal Branden found me this spectacular one owner 1997 Ford Powerstroke Pickup. These are such attractive trucks and have a bit of a cult following among the 20 year old country boys around here. I think I can sell this and make a little money so I can keep these clean Western Trucks coming east.

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Ferrari 308 GTB 1977

Rosso Rubino 308 GTB

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Rosso Rubino

Since my daughter is named Ruby, I had to have this “Rosso Rubino” 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB. I was in Tacoma WA. last month for a car tour and to look at some cars that are for sale with my friend Branden. He located this super original, one owner 308 that just had a Major Service and tons of work to make it totally ready to go car. The car has all books, tools and lots of records signifying its single (careful) ownership status.

At first glance, the car doesn’t impress, but as you poke your head into the corners and hidden areas you can see how immaculate and totally rust free this thing is. The engine is so clean and leak free that it looks like it just rolled out of the factory, and the tray under the radiator, the undercarriage, above the muffler… all immaculate.

One of my favorite details is the interior, it is so clean and has that unique smell that is so specific to 308 GTB’s, I don’t think the GTS’ smell the same!  I have a very keen sense of smell so sitting in this car brings me back to my youth when I was first around 308′s way way back in the mid 80′s! We had a few very low miles 308′s in the shop back then and I distinctly remember the smell of the leather, the carpeting and whatever else made that vapor cocktail.

Original Interior Ferrari 308

Ferrari 308 GTB Interior Original

Engine Ferrari 308 GTB

1977 Ferrari 308 Engine

 

 

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