Monday, 24 September 2012

Pre-production VELAR Range Rover used for promotion purposes by Land Rover

Possibly the best picture we have placed on this site.
 
Over two years ago we refurbushed the engine bay of this iconic- and we do not use this phrase lightly - car. Details here.

Pre-production Range Rover VELAR
Recently it was used by Land Rover to promote the release of the latest Range Rover.
 
From our point of view, we feel proud to continue to be trusted with its body upkeep.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mitchell Special MKII scan video - Director's cut.

 
Mitchell Special MKII 3D Scan video. The car body is now recorded just in case the worst happens. 

Mitchell Motors Bristol 401 restoration featured at RAC Club

Pictured is a Bristol 401 Mitchell Motors restored on display in the Rotunda of the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. The car will remain on display until the end of September 2012.

Bristol 401 in rotunda of Royal Automobile Club
 
The Bristol 401 was created at the start of the Queen's reign and was therefore a natural choice to participate in the Diamond Jubilee year commemorations. 




 
 We would like to thank Brian Wadsworth for letting us know about this story and Paul and Jenny MacLennan for supplying the pictures.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Aston Martin Vantage - the modern one - detailing repair

A modern and only a few stone chips, but still a job for us. Large or small, Mitchell Motors undertakes all kinds of paintwork repair and restoration.

Aston Martin Vantage detailing

Lamborghini Diablo repainted

A modern classic now. The Diablo is an example of some of our older work, but is shown here to demonstrate the depth of Mitchell Motors repainting ability and competence.

Lamborghini Diablo repainted by Mitchell Motors

Friday, 14 September 2012

Mitchell Special MKII 3D scanned

Being used for racing, it is always a worry in case an accident destroys the car. Being created from a buck designed by www.3dengineers.co.uk the Mitchell Special already has the facility to be reconstructed from the old buck.

However......during the build the car's owner lengthened the body slightly, so it was felt prudent to scan what was created so a comparison of differences could be made if an accident scenario happened.
 
3D scan of a modern classic - Mitchell Special MKII 
Once again 3D Engineers sorted the scanning out - classic car 3D scanning being their speciality.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wensum bodied Vauxhall 30/98 on Targa Florio

Our owner Andrew Mitchell getting into the classic spirit on the Targa Florio.
 
 
 
The car he is driving was entrusted to him by a client and has had much restorative work undertaken by Mitchell Motors including a full repaint subsequent to this event. The repaint was not required as a result of Andrew Mitchell's driving!
 
Interestingly, Vauxhall had two official bodies for the 30/98. These were the Velox tourer and a sporting version known as the “boat bodied” Wensum. The Wensum name came from the river that flows through Norwich.
 

Monday, 10 September 2012

Range Rover 2012 eclipsed by an original looked after by ourselves

Mitchell Motors look after this classic Range Rover
Launched as the car 'A Car For All Reasons' this classic Range Rover, looked after by ourselves, drew much attention at the launch of the 2012 Range Rover a few days ago.

Having restored many of these cars, including VELAR and CSK models, Mitchell Motors are the natural choice for your Range Rover restoration.

Prewar BMW 319 complete restoration

BMW 319 in our heated spray booth
This BMW 319 came to us for a complete chassis rebuild and repaint. The stage shown in the pictures is where the spray filler has been applied to remove subtle imperfections.
 
Furthermore, we have made a new bootlid and doors as the originals were beyond repair.

Doors and boot about to be re-fitted
Look out for further updates when you will see the car resplendant in its chosen colour scheme of blue and cream.



Ford GT40 repaint and rebuild to pre '66 specification

Ford GT40 after repaint and period modifications

Exotica central. Bugatti Type 39 and Delage 120 Aerosport V8 meet original Ford GT40

Chassis 10-- 7.0 litre that came to us for a pre 1966 specification rebuild that means it gets its valuable FIA papers.

Main work carried out was a repaint and repairs to aluminium.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Ernest Hemingway - Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon repainted

This well-known car was bought by Ernest Hemingway after the success of his book "Farewell to Arms" made him financially self-sufficient.
 
Entrusted to us for a full repaint it now looks resplendent in period black.

 
Rolls-Royce Phantom II pictured after repaint in our paint booth
 
 
It is a book, it is a film, but it will always be a Rolls-Royce Phantom to us
  
 
 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

DB6 chassis rust removal and restoration

Aston Martin DB6 chassis on jig to enable easier rust removal
As per previous posts, Mitchell Motors has invested in new equipment to improve the process of removing old material such as rust and paint from vehicles. However, there are many occasions when there is no alternative to good old fashioned elbow grease and this is one....the removal of underseal - as well as other internal material -which by design is resistant to impact.
 
The DB6 chassis pictured will after many hours of work end up looking like new. 
 

Classic car chassis restoration underway
 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Mitchell Motors invest in new equipment

Our skill set is firmly based within traditional methods, however we acknowledge that selective use of modern equipment can reap quality rewards for our clients.

One of the more boring pictures on the blog? Possibly, but boring or otherwise, this
 equipment further improves the quality of our work

Parts are cleaned within the unit cutting down on the dust normally created
To this end, we have recently invested in equipment that not only removes paint more effectively than traditional methods, but does so more gently and with less impact on the environment with dust and detritus extracted and contained.

Porche 911 wing about to be given the Mitchell Motors blasting treatment
 

Aston Martin DB5 body restoration

It was appropriate that the iconic Aston Martin DB5 was the first vehicle to enter our new climate controlled and heated paint oven.

Aston Martin DB5 respray
Dubonnet red. Superb classic Aston Martin paint colour.

Mitchell Special MKII - Revisited part 1

Andy Mitchell and the Mitchell Special MKII in first race at Silverstone
It is just over four years since the Mitchell Special MKII was conceived over a chat in a dusty barn on a balmy summer evening in Wiltshire. Since then the car was designed, created, travelled across Europe then raced and raced extensively in this country. It is a physical testament to the creativity and skills in restoration, painting and car creation that Mitchell Motors possess.

The www.3dengineers.co.uk buck in operation
Andy Mitchell makes the parts for his own car
The bodywork is still pristine - as you would expect from our work - and many modifications have been undertaken including a supercharger.


Busman's holiday. Another superb Mitchell Motors paintjob
A few key pictures of its life so far are shown. Watch this space over the next few weeks as key events in the cars life are re-lived.
 

Andrew Mitchell places the first scrutineering pass on the Mitchell Special MKII

Choppy around the ankles! The MM MKII paddles around Le Circuit
International des Remparts d`Angoulême

Supercharger added. Power superb!
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