I think I've done my part for Dino preservation now that I've restored my fourth example
As it was my last Dino restoration I decided to break from my rule of restoring to the original delivered spec. It was delivered new in Verde Germoglio with a beige vinyl interior. This was quite a coincidence as only 9 UK cars were delivered in this green and my GT 03050 was one of them so I didn't want two cars in the same colour. Here is a photo of the car taken in 1981 when it was still in it's factory delivered colour scheme.
I have a sample of the beige vinyl and it simply does not go with the bright green IMHO so I decided I wanted to do a metallic colour as my three GT's are all solid colours. I narrowed the choice down to Blu Dino Metallizzato and Nocciola Metallizzato. After having the colours sprayed out Nocciola was my favourite and a colour I've never seen here in the UK. A Jaguar XF front bumper was used to give a really great impression of how each colour was going to look on the car.
When I bought 07610 it was finished in Rosso Chiaro with a black leather interior that was not finished in the original factory style. This colour change was carried out in 1988 during a restoration by Maranello Concessionaires. It was a very well used car shall we say by the time I got hold of it and looked very unloved with a dent in the nose, a dent in the tail and a general scruffy demeanour. It wasn't running too well either with a bit of a knock under load.
It doesn't look too bad in this photo but believe me it was not pretty up close.
As ever with Dinos the engine required a total stripdown and it became clear that the car had been run without antifreeze and once again I was faced with badly corroded cylinder heads. Fortunately we found a great small engineering firm who specialise maily in race car engine work but who were able to repair the heads and made a superb job of them.
Here are examples of the condition.
I have lots of pics of the restoration process but as I've posted similar photo's in my other threads I thought I skip to the end result this time. I went with Connolly Vaumol 3218 beige hide for the interior and had the seats made in the Daytona style. Everything was put back to factory spec in terms of trim and mechanicals etc and I'm over the moon with the end result. Once again I had a worldwide hunt to source a lot of parts and managed to put together the full owners book pack, tool and jack kits, warning triangle and tonneau cover which were all missing when I bought it. I also got hold of a rare Sebring emergency top the factory made in the last 6 months of Dino production for taller drivers who found it difficult to drive the car with the targa top stored behind the seats.
And here she is resplendent in her new colour scheme and ready for many years of fun I hope and wearing a nice number plate I was able to get hold of.