Silverstone Auctions purchased the car in September 2014 and approached Jensen specialists Cropredy Bridge to undertake a full, no expense spared restoration at their base in Oxfordshire which was completed in July 2015. It has been enjoyed personally by Managing Director, Nick Whale, for the last two years.
Following its restoration it toured the country with Silverstone Auctions, appearing at some of the most high profile classic car events in the country. In November 2015 the car was displayed on Silverstone Auctions’ stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show and shortly after, in February 2016, it was on display at the London Classic Car Show and then at Race Retro in Warwickshire.
In October 2016, the car was reunited with Eric Morecambe’s son Gary, aswell as Eric’s chauffeur Mike Fountain, for a special ITV documentrary on Eric’s life, with the car driven and filmed at Silverstone circuit.
”This is a wonderful car with an equally wonderful history and it has been a personal delight to see it restored to its former glory”, Nick said.
Following a full restoration, the car has had the following works undertaken:
- Removal and rebuild of rear axle
- Complete strip down and restoration of original braking system
- Repair works to the body to save as much of the original metal as possible in order to maintain the integrity of the car
- Removal of engine and restoration of engine bay
- Strip down and rebuild of engine
- Fitment of new exhausts
- Full replacement of side beams and sills.