Just over a week ago I picked the SWB up from Historika. It had been with them for around 10 weeks to have various bits and pieces done. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that the bodywork was not going to be a small patch-up job. Estimated at 150 hours bodywork required, we agreed we would postpone that element until winter 2014. Reason was simple, Historika have a lot of bodywork on and they couldn’t fit it in until May – that meant not having the car for the GRRC 72nd Members Meeting and missing out on driving it all summer.

The agreement is that we would do a remedial list of modifications that will increase my enjoyment of the car for this summer – and it’ll go back to Historika in the winter when it would normally be hibernating anyway.

So what was part of ‘Phase 1’?
Quite small elements that would not be effected by bodywork. The list was as follows:
– fitment and colour matching of Cibié spotlights
– fitment of new black Rennline foot plates on driver and passenger sides
– fitment of reconditioned original dash clock
– change Motorsport hood crest to original period correct piece
– new Recaro S front seats in leather
– 911R louvred rear side windows

‘Phase 2’ is slightly more involved:
– 150 hours bodywork
– complete respray
– centre-fill fuel tank
– replace 911S front bumper for 911R original item
– new lightweight RS carpets throughout
– retrim rear seat pads

In between I am also going to give the car to Parr Motorsport to give it an overhaul and service in terms of the engine etc.

It’s great to have the car back, really missed it. And having just returned from the 72nd Members Meeting at Goodwood, I’m pleased to say the car didn’t miss a beat and was pretty well received…

Roll on a summer of fun and driving before the car goes back to Historika to be made utterly perfect. In my eyes anyway.