This 911 arrived with us dressed in a fibreglass bumper kit and with a later interior that gave it the appearance of something newer. A quick look under the bonnet showed it to be a much earlier 1965 example and our customer wasted no time in buying it. See more photos from its restoration here.
The first job on arrival was to strip the shell and send it for media blasting to get a true feel for condition. It was pretty bad, with rust in the front pan, floors, inner wings, all exterior panels. New parts were ordered before the shell was fitted to one of our Celette chassis jigs and braces were welded into place, to ensure the shell remained straight during the renovations.
The final panel list was one of our longest ever, with everything along the bottom of the car from the front pan to the engine bay replaced with new items. Having come in dressed as a short hood/impact bumper, the car needed a new bonnet, front wings, doors, rear quarter panels and engine cover, along with new steel bumpers. We carried out our usual chassis strengthening and fitted the ’65 roll cage.
With the shell repairs finished, the car went to the bodyshop for preparation and paint. The exterior panels were rubbed down by hand and covered in primer before we turned to the interior panels and began the ling process of flatting everything by hand and preparing them for a full paint in satin black.
Everything under the skin was painted in black, requiring several stages of masking. When the internal areas were done, the body was flatted once more and painted in Ruby Red: quite different to the original Irish Green but a wonderful shade in the simple ’65 shape.
Once the paint was finished and a new headlining had been fitted, the shell was rolled into the competition workshop for assembly. While some of the original parts were refurbished, a long list of new parts were fitted, including a modern wiring loom, new fuel, oil and brake lines, new lights, new wood dashboard, new seats, new suspension, twin master cylinder pedal box, brakes and more. It had a full interior retrim, including sound deadening and rear seat pads. The engine and transmission were rebuilt to our latest 2.0L Cup specification.
Debuting late in the 2018 season, the 911 enjoyed several race outings and served as safety car for the Goodwood Revival. We look forward to many more race weekends with this wonderful example!