What a nightmare! This was a basket case. The car was another stalled project having experienced sub-standard work. We had to start with undoing and redoing most of which was done on the car. Most of the metal work was done well, not all. It was a friendly car, lots of waves. So we had to make it straight. For the most part, the interior and convertible top were done well with just a few corrections. This 300SE is a cabriolet with air conditioning and air suspension. It all works, even the air suspension. AND is for sale!
This TF received a body off frame restoration. In fact, the body tub was replaced with a brand new one from England. The engine, transmission and drive line were all rebuilt. The brake sealers were all sleeved with stainless steel liners. The gauges were rebuilt and new interior installed.
This car arrived as a stalled project. It was in another shop and nothing was getting done on it. It was a good thing the owner pulled it out of that shop when they did otherwise the only thing that would have gotten done on it was more sub-standard repairs. The stumbling block for the other shop was the electrical system, it needed a wiring harness. They told the customer the harness was “not available”. So we started off with buying a wiring harness because they are available if you know where to go. We had Rhode Island Wiring make a harness for us. The owner came to the shop for his first visit and started asking questions on some of the questionable repairs on the body and paint work. The only correct solution was to take it back down to the bare metal and start over. We found some ares in the nose of the car where there was as much as 3/4 inch of body filler. It was at that point that the car turned into a ground up restoration. The customer loves his car.
The Coupe was sold at the Gooding & Co. Auction at Amelia Island in March of 2013. Read what Rick Carey of Sports Car Digest had to say about the car and its restoration – Lot # 58 1938 H.R.G. 1500 Airline Coupe, Body by A. Crofts; S/N WT68; White/Green leather; Estimate $160,000 -$200,000; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 10.00% – Final Price $253,000. Trafficators, Notek fog light, Lucas Biflex headlights, Silver painted wire wheels, sliding sunroof, enclosed rear spare. A one-off body for Major Halford (the “H” in HRG) with an MG Airline passenger compartment and custom nose by A. Crofts. Powered by a 1.5-liter Triumph Gloria engine and gearbox. Acquired in 1964 by the consignor and beautifully and freshly restored with excellent cosmetics and meticulous attention to details. The shocking pastel green frame color is original, as is the white exterior. Road & Track Award winner at Amelia Island and Most Distinguished Design Award at the Glenmoor Gathering in 2012, among others. This is an impressive and attractive automobile, so pretty and aggressively proportioned that it might have been designed by Jaguar’s William Lyons. Since it is one-of-one its price there must be accepted as the market value for it, even 15% over Gooding’s high estimate.
The 1938 H.R.G. Coupe was one of our favorite projects. HRG Engineering was an English car builder. Between 1935 and 1956 the company produced 241 vehicles. All were roadsters except one……the 1938 HRG Coupe. The coupe was the brainchild of Maj. Ted Halford (the H in HRG) and was produced as a prototype. It is the only HRG to be powered by a Triumph engine. The frame was constructed from chassis of the Halford-Cross Rotary Special race car which was widened to accept the coupe body and rechristened as Chassis #WT-68. The rear section of the car was a second series of the distinctive MG Airline coupe manufactured by Carbodies (now known as London Taxi). The fenders and bonnet were unique to the HRG and were formed by the Crofts Coachbuilding firm which also handled the body assembly. The car was debuted at the famed Brooklands Race Track in England in 1938. When Halford left the company, the remaining partners scrapped the project but the little coupe survived. It was purchased by its current owner in 1965, disassembled and brought to the U.S. (still in pieces) in 1985. The car has undergone a long and extensive restoration to bring it to the level you see today. As ONE of ONE vehicle, it is a unique and historic piece of British automotive history.
July 24th, 2010 marked a major milestone for the HRG Coupe as it drove onto the grounds of the Schenley Park Golf Course to take part in “British Car Day” at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix moving under its own power for the first time in over 45 years.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 – The HRG Coupe was featured in both the January and February Issues of HEMMINGS SPORTS AND EXOTIC CARS magazine!
On March 11th, 2012, the HRG participated in the 17th annual Amelia Island Concours ‘d Elegance and was awards the Road and Track Editors Choice Award as the car they would most like to drive. We are extremely happy for owners Bob and Sylvia Affleck and very proud of the awards and attention the little car continues to receive.
May 11th and 12th 2012 saw the car back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take part in the “Celebration of Automobiles” where it was chosen 2nd in Class as well as being named a Road & Track Magazine “Top 5 Pick”.
June of 2012 brought the HRG to The Elegance at Hershey in Hershey, PA where we were honored as the Best British Enclosed Car. The show is in its second year and the setting at the Hotel Hershey is outstanding. We hope to be back soon with another car.
In July of 2012, we stuck closer to home and participated in Concours at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
August 17th – 19th 2012 had us running in the 60 mile Pebble Beach Tour d’ Elegance and on display at the 18th fairway as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. It was a tremendous honor to be asked to participate in the premier automotive event in the country. Seeing the car pull into Carmel By The Sea on the Tour was a thrill and being on display alongside the finest motorcars in the world was over the top fun….we want to do it again.
September and October 2012 saw the car participating in the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles where it won the award for Most Distinguished Design and The Louisville Concours d’ Elegance wherein was chosen Second in Class.
The owner acquired this car before he got married and he and his wife took it on their honeymoon. It was restored in the early 80’s. In the 90’s, he took the motor out to rebuild it. Life happens and years pass. The owner finished the motor and wanted us to install it and repair and paint the body. After the car was finished, the owner took it to the 300SL Nationals and won best of show.
This 1972 Morgan underwent a full, ground-up restoration including a new wooden frame, new fenders, and floors. It features a beautiful leather interior, custom sound system and custom security system. The engine is a 1700cc performance version with dual Weber carburetors and a four-speed transmission. The car is ultra fun to drive, and its gold and sable brown color scheme turns heads.
Before Gerry’s award-winning ’41 Willy’s coupe and before her “The Runt” ’62 Chevy II, there was her stunning ’71 Pontiac GTO. Bill Hahn’s restoration of Gerry’s car is over ten years old! To be chosen as a Muscle Car of the Year finalist speaks to the high quality of the restoration as well as Gerry’s immaculate care of the car. Don’t get the impression that this car is a trailer queen….to the contrary; the car gets regularly driven to cruises throughout Western PA.
Interesting story, man goes to buy Porsche, man brings wife with him, wife sees VW Bus, wife says “oh look that reminds me of the one we had when our kids were growing up”. After both cars were bought, the wife says “you know that bus is red and the one we had was orange and I don’t like red”. The bus ended up in our shop. We changed the red to orange and went through all the mechanicals. Moral of the story is happy wife, happy life.
Dave, the owner, pulled the motor out to have it rebuilt. We were called to paint the engine compartment. Then he decided to have the body stripped and painted. Since the motor wasn’t done yet, he decided to have us do the interior. We put the motor back in and finished up the car.
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