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Classic Alfa Bodyshells

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When I restored my first 1750GTV nearly 20 years ago I used to look at the opening pages of the original Alfa parts "bodywork" book and see this beautiful line drawing of a complete new bodyshell which you could order - part number 105.45.49.200.01 and think "if only..."

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Now with the availability of very high quality repair panels, sill sections and floors it is possible to restore stripped bodyshells to a very high standard.

In doing this, we have established a new way of restoring these fabulous cars previously only available to English classic car owners who could buy brand new Heritage bodyshells and rebuild their cars that way. It means that you can buy, for example, a very rusty but complete 1750GTV (as a donor car) and one of our bodyshells and then prepare and paint the bodyshell in the colour of your choice. Then slowly, as time and funds allow, remove parts from the donor car, renovate or replace them and fit them to the new shell.

There are a number of advantages to this method of restoration -

  1. It instantly removes the one item which is never a fixed cost in a full restoration and that is the bodywork repair. No restorer can ever quote you precisely for the rust repairs because until they cut away the sills and other corroded areas they will not know what lies behind them and how many hours labour it will take to restore.
  2. You only restore parts as you remove them which means items don't get lost while a 6 month body restoration is in progress.
  3. Because you are removing, renovating and then re-building piece by piece you can easily remember how a part is fitted to the car because you've only removed it the previous week! It also means that if, for example, you have never re-built the front suspension of your car before, you can dismantle it from the donor car and decide whether the job of re-building it is within your abilities. Often, once you have seen how something comes apart it takes away much of the mystique about re-building it.

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Some information about the bodyshells -

  • They are restored by John Holden, one of the UK's leading Alfa restorers whose workshop is always full of Bertone GTs - they're his staple diet and he owns two himself!
  • Typically all 3 sill sections (inner, middle and outer), front crossmember, spare wheel well and all floor panels are replaced.
  • The bodyshell is then sent away for careful sandblasting (but not to the roof, doors, bonnet and bootlid - these are done by hand to avoid panel damage).
  • The cars then have all lower wing repair sections and rear wheel arches replaced as well as front and rear panels (or lower valances if the upper sections are good).
  • Doors are repaired as necessary as well as any other areas of corrosion such as the boot floor and rear seat area.
  • All repairs are butt-welded beautifully leaving no unsightly edges where corrosion can re-form and meaning minimal filling is necessary after the repair.
  • The shell is then sprayed with a two pack epoxy etch-primer (which will resist moisture), all joints are sealed with a polyurethane seam sealer and the underside and wheel arches are coated using Immotec medium solid spray sealer which can be painted straight over with body colour if desired.

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The shells will require all final shaping and filling prior to paint because this means what you come to view is just metal without any filler hiding anything.

Prices start at £9,500 and we currently have the following shells in stock ready to restore: 1965 Sprint GT, 1967 Stepfront GT Junior, 1971 1750 GTV, 1972 2000 GTV. There is a usual lead of time of 4 months to have a prepared shell ready for you and we only have right hand drive UK cars available at this time.

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Our first shell which we supplied back in late 2007 & spawned the idea was a 1750 Spider (1968). This was supplied in exactly the same way (restored by the same restorer) as a bare shell to customer Max Haycocks who subsequently had the car painted by MGS Coachworks and reassembled by Titus Rowlandson in Suffolk to concours standard and it went on to feature on the cover of July 2008 Classic & Sportscar.

 

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