Drop­head gor­geous

New Zealand Classic Car - - BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR -

Amajor restora­tion un­der­way at Cus­tom Me­tal­shapers Ltd in Auck­land is this 1951 MKV Jaguar drop­head.

Lan­guish­ing in a North­land barn for decades, one of only a few sold new in New Zealand, and res­cued in 2014 as a car bor­der­ing on un­restorable, the project has re­quired the re-cre­ation of many body pan­els, in­clud­ing the fire­wall, sills, com­plete floor, rear bulk­head, rear wheel hous­ings, boot area, spare-wheel tray, and spare-wheel door. Th­ese hand-made pan­els have been care­fully tem­plated, ac­cu­rately fab­ri­cated, then as­sem­bled and spot welded to­gether to give the cor­rect fac­tory ap­pear­ance.

Rust and ac­ci­dent dam­age meant the front right-hand guard was too far gone to re­pair, so a com­plete new wing was hand made us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods. With all the ma­jor re­pair work com­pleted, the car is now in the fi­nal gap­ping and fit-out stage, and will be trial fit­ted over its re­stored chas­sis be­fore mov­ing on to be painted.

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