his 1935 SS1 Airline is being rebuilt at Upper Classics in Christchurch. At some time during the 1970s, it was chopped down to make a tourer. The car retained its original bodywork from the firewall forward, except for the windscreen frame, which was changed for a chrome screen frame of unknown origin. The rest of the bodywork was removed, and bodywork in the style of an original SS1 tourer was created. This body was quite roughly made; the shape was a bit awkward and nothing like it should be. The current owner of the car wanted the original Airline bodywork recreated, and the car restored to original. Luckily, the team at Upper Classics was just finishing the restoration of an original Airline and was able to have the body of this 3D scanned.
From this, the main profile of the body frame was CNC machined, and that, together with photos of the previous car, meant the team was able to recreate the complete wooden frame of the Airline very accurately. The rear guards had been altered in the conversion, so, from the original scan, a buck was made, and these, too, have been recreated. The front half of the front guards was original, so these have been repaired and the rear runningboard section recreated. The next stage is to skin the main body frame in steel.