A few questions:
- do you have possession of the Daytona now?
- have you paid the restorer in full yet?
- where did the recommendation that this shop was a "Daytona Expert" come from?
Thanks for all the advice and comments. Yes I have the car now and it is going to the National Meet on Sunday as a car in restoration. Hopefully there will be many more appearances for it in the future, showing major improvements from this lowest of low points.
The repairer was paid up front in stage payments and cash for the materials and parts. Clearly they would not release the car until full payment was received, but that's not unusual.
I did my own research, got hooked by the repairer's quality advertising and visited to check their facilities. I felt these were impressive and knowing the quality and value of other cars which had passed through their hands, decided that they would do a good job for me. Their website also impressed, showing many projects which they had been involved in and they also claimed to be Ferrari experts, however they have recently removed this claim from their homepage.
I used the phrase "Daytona expert" in reference to myself being hoodwinked :
"......... inexcusable that they charged £30,000 + materials to someone who was not
a Daytona expert (but is now!)............"
I was also very ill during this period and underwent 4 different courses of Chemotherapy. Over the two years, visits to see my car were few and I had to completely trust the company doing the repairs as I didn't know too much about what they were doing. I do now and I wish I had been able to watch them very carefully and ask more questions. When I did eventually ask questions about the massive (I thought unecessary) amount of work they were doing to the front of my car, I was told to "leave it to the experts".
Here is a photo of the front of my car during some of this work. You can see the triangular cross-braces and bumper support tubes from the original car which were completely undamaged. Shortly before getting the car back, these were just cut off and seemingly thrown away. The car has no cross-bracing at all, now. They are already chopping up the lovely, undamaged Scaglietti front clip.