RESTORATION

SHOW CARS


Whether it be body repairs, full body paintwork or a nut–and-bolt Concours show car, Bob Houghton Ltd pride ourselves on our restorations. the whole process is monitored closely by our clients and all the finer details are met without reprisal.

Below are some beautiful examples including a 365 California Pebble Beach 2016 Entry and a 365 GTS Salon Prive 2015 runner-up.

  1967 FERRARI 365 CALIFORNIA   At our first Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance, it was an honour to have an entry accepted and to participate amongst the most rare and most beautiful cars in the world.  Amongst the most exclusive production Ferrari of them all, the successor to the 500 Superfast sold only to the exceptionally rich and famous. This convertible, styled by Tjaarda, is unique and one of only two right hand drive examples. In 2015 we commenced the task of restoring the car back to its original colour combination of blue Sera and Vaumol light tan interior.  This was a huge project involving painstaking research (including proving this was the only car out of the 14 ever built to have a black leather dashboard – the remaining 13 having a wooden dashboard). After a year of work the owner decided he would try and enter it into the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours so, on completion, the car was shipped to California for the tour and the Concours on the 18th fairway.  David Houghton and Russell Smith flew over to prepare the car and after the transport worked tirelessly to bring it to show standard. The car got a fantastic reception and the amazing design was truly appreciated in the States which gave the model its name. The highlight was reuniting To Tjaarda with the car he designed.

1967 FERRARI 365 CALIFORNIA

At our first Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance, it was an honour to have an entry accepted and to participate amongst the most rare and most beautiful cars in the world.

Amongst the most exclusive production Ferrari of them all, the successor to the 500 Superfast sold only to the exceptionally rich and famous. This convertible, styled by Tjaarda, is unique and one of only two right hand drive examples.
In 2015 we commenced the task of restoring the car back to its original colour combination of blue Sera and Vaumol light tan interior.

This was a huge project involving painstaking research (including proving this was the only car out of the 14 ever built to have a black leather dashboard – the remaining 13 having a wooden dashboard). After a year of work the owner decided he would try and enter it into the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours so, on completion, the car was shipped to California for the tour and the Concours on the 18th fairway.

David Houghton and Russell Smith flew over to prepare the car and after the transport worked tirelessly to bring it to show standard. The car got a fantastic reception and the amazing design was truly appreciated in the States which gave the model its name. The highlight was reuniting To Tjaarda with the car he designed.

  1968 FERRARI 365 GTS   This car was entered into Salon Prive 2015 and received runner-up prize in its class, performing remarkably well against a strong field.  This model is one of the rarest Ferraris in existence with only 20 being created. A beautiful car, Bob Houghton Ltd were entrusted with a full restoration in 2013 with instructions to take the car back to its original colour combination of Grigio Le Sancy and Nero interior (as you may know, many of the Ferrari colours are named after famous race horses).  It was completely stripped back to a bare shell which revealed the undamaged metal work to be in great condition. After preparation and painting, everything was rebuilt to concours award winning level.  The car went on to win its class in the 2015 Ferrari Owners Club concours and was also exhibited in the 2015 Salon Prive where it gained second place. However, it is not all about the looks and this car drives superbly as we always pay particular attention to the mechanical side of our restorations, after all – Ferraris are meant to be driven!

1968 FERRARI 365 GTS

This car was entered into Salon Prive 2015 and received runner-up prize in its class, performing remarkably well against a strong field.

This model is one of the rarest Ferraris in existence with only 20 being created. A beautiful car, Bob Houghton Ltd were entrusted with a full restoration in 2013 with instructions to take the car back to its original colour combination of Grigio Le Sancy and Nero interior (as you may know, many of the Ferrari colours are named after famous race horses).

It was completely stripped back to a bare shell which revealed the undamaged metal work to be in great condition. After preparation and painting, everything was rebuilt to concours award winning level.

The car went on to win its class in the 2015 Ferrari Owners Club concours and was also exhibited in the 2015 Salon Prive where it gained second place. However, it is not all about the looks and this car drives superbly as we always pay particular attention to the mechanical side of our restorations, after all – Ferraris are meant to be driven!

 

ONGOING RESTORATIONS

 

With regard to restoration, Bob Houghton Ltd isn’t limited to just Ferrari. Following tradition, we have also restored several Lamborghini Muiras, a Maserati Ghibli and currently have a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 undergoing repairs and final paint preparaton. Our technicians are highly skilled, extremely precise with their work and cater for every detail required.

  1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5

1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5

  1962 FERRARI 250 GTE

1962 FERRARI 250 GTE

  1964 FERRARI 275 GTB SHORT NOSE

1964 FERRARI 275 GTB SHORT NOSE

 

CONTINUED RESTORATIONS

  1965 FERRARI 275 GTS   Another rare classic Ferrari is the 275 GTS, a sleek design on the legendary 275 chassis and running gear, making it a fantastic convertible touring car. This particular car is a period converted 6 carburettor example which we sold to the owner many years ago.  In late 2014 he decided to give the car a ‘birthday present' and commissioned a ground up restoration from us. The body was stripped of all components and then everything, down to the last nut, bolt, bush and bearing was painstakingly cleaned, checked, renewed where necessary or restored. A classic Ferrari should be repaired and restored, not renewed.  We try to maintain as many parts as possible to keep the cars as original as possible and our aim is always to restore original parts rather than renew them. On completion in 2016 the completed car was entered into the Ferrari Owners Club concours and was rewarded with Best In Class – which was wonderful recognition of all our passionate hard work we at Bob Houghton Ltd put into all our cars.

1965 FERRARI 275 GTS

Another rare classic Ferrari is the 275 GTS, a sleek design on the legendary 275 chassis and running gear, making it a fantastic convertible touring car. This particular car is a period converted 6 carburettor example which we sold to the owner many years ago.

In late 2014 he decided to give the car a ‘birthday present' and commissioned a ground up restoration from us. The body was stripped of all components and then everything, down to the last nut, bolt, bush and bearing was painstakingly cleaned, checked, renewed where necessary or restored. A classic Ferrari should be repaired and restored, not renewed.

We try to maintain as many parts as possible to keep the cars as original as possible and our aim is always to restore original parts rather than renew them. On completion in 2016 the completed car was entered into the Ferrari Owners Club concours and was rewarded with Best In Class – which was wonderful recognition of all our passionate hard work we at Bob Houghton Ltd put into all our cars.

  LAMBORGHINI MUIRA P400SV   In 2010 this restoration was undertaken initially as a mechanical rebuild of a special car which had originally been imported to the Middle East.  When stripped, the owner decided to go all out and Bob Houghton Ltd were asked to undertake a full body restoration returning it back to its original colour of Giallo Miura, (a rare shade between Arancio and Giallo Flay). This was a proper “full nuts–and-bolts” commission with everything being restored back to its original specification.  The results were astounding and the owner decided to take the car on the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary tour where the car went on to win the SV class concours award amongst some very stiff competition.

LAMBORGHINI MUIRA P400SV

In 2010 this restoration was undertaken initially as a mechanical rebuild of a special car which had originally been imported to the Middle East.

When stripped, the owner decided to go all out and Bob Houghton Ltd were asked to undertake a full body restoration returning it back to its original colour of Giallo Miura, (a rare shade between Arancio and Giallo Flay). This was a proper “full nuts–and-bolts” commission with everything being restored back to its original specification.

The results were astounding and the owner decided to take the car on the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary tour where the car went on to win the SV class concours award amongst some very stiff competition.

  1963 FERRARI 250 LUSSO   The Lusso needs no introduction. Often thought of as the most beautiful Ferrari design, the late David Clarke loved them for their sophistication and elegance. The car we see here was brought over from the United States and we were commissioned to fully restore her and take her back to the original colour combination of Grigio Argento and Nero interior.  The quilting on the rear luggage shelf is a work of art in itself! Our attention to detail resulted in the door gaps being improved even beyond their condition when new but this level of improvement is the standard of restoration demanded today on these very special cars.  Commenced in late 2015 the restoration was completed in 2017 and even if we do say it ourselves, we believe this is the smoothest driving Lusso around.

1963 FERRARI 250 LUSSO

The Lusso needs no introduction. Often thought of as the most beautiful Ferrari design, the late David Clarke loved them for their sophistication and elegance. The car we see here was brought over from the United States and we were commissioned to fully restore her and take her back to the original colour combination of Grigio Argento and Nero interior.

The quilting on the rear luggage shelf is a work of art in itself! Our attention to detail resulted in the door gaps being improved even beyond their condition when new but this level of improvement is the standard of restoration demanded today on these very special cars.

Commenced in late 2015 the restoration was completed in 2017 and even if we do say it ourselves, we believe this is the smoothest driving Lusso around.

 
  1968 FERRARI 365 GTC   This restoration started in early 2015. Already a very nice driving car, the new owner wanted a specific colour combination because the existing red didn’t do this car justice. An original right hand drive example, and a beautiful design in its own right, the 365 GTC is always underestimated.  This car was restored to Celeste Metallic with Burgundy leather and everything was inspected, rebuilt and refinished to the best level possible.  The power the of the 4.4L V12 and exquisite handling make this a fantastic driver’s car so great deal of attention was paid to the suspension and mechanical quality of the restoration and ensuring all the fine adjustments were perfect.

1968 FERRARI 365 GTC

This restoration started in early 2015. Already a very nice driving car, the new owner wanted a specific colour combination because the existing red didn’t do this car justice. An original right hand drive example, and a beautiful design in its own right, the 365 GTC is always underestimated.

This car was restored to Celeste Metallic with Burgundy leather and everything was inspected, rebuilt and refinished to the best level possible.

The power the of the 4.4L V12 and exquisite handling make this a fantastic driver’s car so great deal of attention was paid to the suspension and mechanical quality of the restoration and ensuring all the fine adjustments were perfect.