Join Date: May 2014
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Ferrari Life Posts: 19
Plexi Daytona Restoration
I thought I would post this up.
Friend of mine acquired this car approximately 18 months ago, in SA Daytona's are fairly rare and hardly ever come onto the market, in fact the deal on this car was an on and off affair for probably 3 years.
Once purchased the car was railed to Cape Town, I don't think the passengers at Cape Town station are quite used to seeing Daytona's immerge from old carriages because the car caused quite a stir.
A bit about the car, this is a fairly early Plexi,LHD model, among other things it was invited to the Ferrari 50th in 1997 and has had only 3 owners since new.
Condition wise the car had seen very little activity for around 3 years and while complete the car did have issues, notably the diff which clunked badly when going around corners and there was some small areas of rust, despite the car being kept in the dry climate of JHB.
Engine wise the car was strong, the V12 sounding superb but the carbs did need tuning. At this point there was some indecision whether to do a full restoration or a re commissioning. This decision was made a bit easier after finding out the car was actually Azzuro Metalicazato when new, a fairly rare colour for a plexi Daytona.
Thus a full restoration was embarked on, not the work of the moment down here in SA where expertise is fairly limited on these older cars. Fortunately one of the SA foremost Ferrari experts took on the project.
First port of call with to totally strip the car and assess the state of the body. Surprisingly the body was solid, very few areas of serious corrosion were found. Engine wise the motor was stripped for a full rebuild, new valves to replace the original sodium items, new timing chain, gaskets etc. The carbs were stripped for a full rebuild.
The steering box was examined and no play was found so that has been left as is. The steering wheels was re covered, the dash has been recovered with original material sourced from Luppi in Italy, likewise new seat covers were also sourced from Luppi.
The body was sent away for a total strip down and repaint, this was incredibly time consuming but while this went on other parts could be ordered, again being down here in Africa means its take forever for items to arrive and costs two arms and one leg due to the weak Rand.
When the old wiring loom was removed it was found to be very tired, this a new one was ordered from Italy, this took 6 months to get but its such a work of art that the wait was well worth it.
As at today the restoration has been going on for around a year and progress has been slow but that has mainly been due to waiting for parts.