Ross Bell’s road­ster has now been a decade in the mak­ing, thanks to var­i­ous set­backs along the way, but over the last few months Mark McAlpine at Alpine Panel­beat­ers has been do­ing his best to get the car com­pleted. In­cluded in that task has been plenty of panel fi­ness­ing as well as the car’s point of dif­fer­ence: the cus­tom sheet-metal roof. The cus­tom hood is the work of Shrappy’s Orig­i­nals, while the body is from Aus­tralian builder Rod Bods Down Un­der by Elvis. The pre­vi­ously fit­ted all-al­loy 468 engine and Tre­mec five-speed are good to go, as are the pre­vi­ous sus­pen­sion, brak­ing, and chas­sis set-up. Mark Stokes from MS Ve­hi­cle Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has re­cently sorted out the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion side of the build to the point at which the car is now ready for up­hol­stery be­fore re­turn­ing to Alpine for paint. Then, all go­ing well, Ross will fi­nally be able to en­joy the car that he’s dreamed of driv­ing for a decade.

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