Over the past few weeks, we've covered much of the shop's long history. From roots at the first Chrysler dealership in the United States to the short-lived Formula 1 team, we've been lucky to be so engrained in automobiles and motorsport over the past 30 years. Today we'll be talking a bit about how this hands-on, time-tested experience helps us to ensure accuracy and expertise on absolutely every vehicle that moves through our doors here at Farland Classic Restoration.
If you've been keeping an eye on the cars for sale, there's a good chance you've seen the locomotive hanging around the showroom. This 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith came in on consignment from an owner with some varied tastes. The British beast came in with the Ferrari 458. Of course, that one quickly found a new owner. Since then we've been studying up on the British classic and as usual, repairing some past restoration work.
Before Fo Farland and Temple Buell Jr. opened their Chrysler dealership in 1963, Temple had been making a name for himself in the world of motorsport as one of the first private sponsors of racing cars. If you missed the first Farland Fable last week, be sure to check that out here. Now back to Temple and his love of motorsport.
In the earliest days of the Porsche 911 there was plenty of parts sharing, from the outgoing 356 to the 904/906 racing cars. Porsche was just beginning to build their long-running motorsport tradition.
In the worldwide automotive market, choosing a proper restoration shop can be a challenge. Many shops focus on a singular brand, others have made names for themselves as tuners or specializing in iconic singular chassis restorations. For those looking for a shop that can work on any brand with Concours quality, the list becomes even smaller.
Sometimes, continuing a legacy means restoring a single-family owned car, like the Hudson Hornet. Other times, it means helping out with one of the world's longest-running motorsports. Join our social media guy Pat, as he covers some of his adventures working with The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the 99th running of their event.
In the early years of the dot-com boom, Acura was introduced to the American market as Honda’s upscale brand. To cement the company as a heavy hitter in the automotive world, the brand needed to come up with a halo car. The engineering team looked at Ferrari’s 328 and 348 models as the mark to beat. With a benchmark set, the Honda/Acura team began work on the “New Sportcar eXperimental” or NSX.
Restorations are always a tricky business. A car may look great from ten or five feet but if your focus is historical accuracy, the devil is in the details. You're hoping your restoration shop knows what was "factory correct" decades ago.
With 30 years in business, we've seen just about every way you can restore a car. We wanted to point out a few examples of work that would not be considered up to "Farland Standard". These examples show a few different levels of our work, as always these levels are developed around what the customer is looking for from their restoration. Join us as we highlight the issues and our fixes on these varying levels of restoration.
While the technicians have been getting the Hudson, Ferrari, and Porsche nut-and-bolt restorations buttoned together, some of the team has been building our online store! We're happy to announce we will now have merchandise available both online and here in the shop at 3800 S. Kalamath!
History makes the machine. Whether a car was raced at the 24 hours of Le Mans or has been documented down to the original production date, a classic car's story can be as important as matching VIN numbers.