The last time Darren O’neil’s 1959 Testa Rossa reinterpretation appeared on these pages, he was well into the making of the chassis. Mechanic Joseph Mcclintock was responsible for this aspect of construction, and had it completed in mid 2017. The suspension development and tuning followed, and Joseph took his first test drive in February of this year.
One of the bigger development jobs was the making of a new intake system for the 456 engine. As the car has 12 exposed trumpets, which are visible through the bonnet, the factory intake would not suit. Auto Restorations mechanical and engineering department has designed and built a bespoke intake system for the car. This comprises six two-barrel electronic-fuel-injection (EFI) throttle bodies, two billet machined aluminium intake manifolds and 12 pressbent-aluminium tight-radius bends, which all come together to replicate the original look.
The car is now in the panel department of Auto Restorations and, with the guide buck made, is now having its aluminium panels fashioned and fitted. Panel beater Jason Dijkstra is exercising his skills and making great progress.