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.