We have over the years been very fortunate to be able to work on some of the rarest vehicles made, but this Aston Martin Vanquish S Has to bee probably the rarest example we have had the pleasure to work on, this collaboration between the Royal Airforce Red Arrows and Aston Martin to produce 10 cars, 1 through 9 being sold through Aston Martin Cambridge, the last Red 10 was to be raffled off to raise funds for the RAF benevolent fund.
The detail on these cars is extraordinary, the cars 1 through 9 are linked with the Red Arrows Hawk Aircraft, starting with Red 1 to Red 9, this particular example is Red 3, the cars are finished in Eclat Red mirroring the Red Arrows livery and their motto, on the carbon front wing air intakes you can find the Arrows mirrored tail number individual to each car on one side and the Arrows in formation on the other with the corresponding position the plane flies in blanked out, the unique bonnet and boot badges with the Union Jack and made of solid silver.
Inside the car the "Arrows" theme is used throughout, such as the pinewood green inserts that evoke the design of the classic flight suit and Martin Baker Ejection seat fabric, together with the green webbing, the signature Red Arrows diamond formation is embroidered into the seat backs along with the unique sill plates, with the bespoke carbon helmet stowage taking the place of the rear seats, all in all a truly unique interior.
Our client purchased this example looking to it's value as an investment piece but to also be able to enjoy the car from time to time, so we were instructed to remove any defects in the cars paintwork, install paint protection film to the front bumper and the front splitter and the cars sills , then to finish we were to apply Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra to the areas not protected with PPF and then to finish apply two coats of Gtechniq Exo to the entire car.
We started in the usual manner, with our safe wash and de contamination procedures, once dried, we could examine the cars paintwork to asses what level of correction the paintwork needed, as with most hand finished paint, unfinished abrading marks had been left in the cars paintwork, these needed to be removed but apart from these areas only the usual light swirling and scratches were evident.
So now we knew what was needed we started with the areas of the car that needed the most attention, those areas of the car with the abrading marks were addressed using the Rupes LHR 75E and a microfibre cutting pad along with Menzerna HC400 we carefully began to address those areas, once completed we could begin to rectify any light damage to the rest of the car.
With the correction and refinement stages now completed we could start to address the areas of the car to be protected with our Xpel Ultimate Paint Protection Film, this amazing product will not only protect those areas from stone chips it is also self healing, meaning if those areas become scratched the product literally "self heals" and the scratches simply disappear.
With the ppf installation now complete we were able to focus on the next step the detail, to protect those areas of the car that had not had paint protection film installed, for this we wanted a product that offered unrivalled gloss but still offered the very best protective qualities, for this we turned to Gtechniq's new flagship paint sealant Crystal Serum Ultra, which as a bonus now offers an unrivalled 9 year guarantee, but we didn't stop there, to give the Aston the very best protection we completed the car with two coats of Gtechniq Ex0 V3 including the areas covered in ppf, this not only gives the ppf an element of protection but also means that the water behaviour on the complete car is the same, giving the entire car a uniform ultra high gloss with a highly hydrophobic water behaviour characteristics, with Gtechniq C5 on the wheels and G1 on the exterior glass, the car was now complete.
The Mazda RX7 is now a cult classic, this particular model the FD was produced from 1992 to 2002, noted for its unusual and remarkable Wankel rotary engine, the 1300cc twin turbo engine produces an incredible 252bhp in a car that only weighed 1200kg made it a very quick car in its day.
This particular car was manufactured in 2002 and has never seen a drop of rain, this stored show car was in remarkable condition, making our job all the much easier.
We started in the usual manner with the wash and de contamination stages, taking care not to mark the rather soft paintwork, once completed the car was dried and ready for inspection under our lights, the images below are of the car prior to any work being undertaken, very little damage considering the age of the car.
Before any work was carried out on the cars paintwork we got to work on the engine bay and underside of the car, as this is first and foremost a show car, particular attention was to be paid to these areas, so great car was taken to clean the engine bay using citrus de greasers and filtered tap water via a hose, the same care was taken with the underneath of the car.
With these areas now taken car of we could now get to work on the cars paintwork, and due to the rather soft paintwork a great deal of car was taken to ensure that no machine induced defects were inflicted to the paint whilst removing the existing defects within the cars paintwork.
Once completed we could then move onto the finishing stages, finishing the cars paintwork off with two coats of Swissvax Crystal Rock.
The BMW E30 is a car with a cult following with classic car and modifiers alike, which means that finding an un molested example is getting increasingly rare, which is why when we got a call to from a client to say that they had just purchased a E30 barn find and wanted it "restored" we were only to eager to take the challenge on.
This is how the car was discovered
Undoubtably one of the worlds greatest hypercars, manufactured between 2009-10 only 186 of these wild looking cars were ever produced making them a prudent investment for those people who could afford the £270,000 price tag, the SV’s beautiful V12 produces 661 hp and 490 lbf·ft of torque, the car’s weight was also reduced by 100 kg over the standard Murcielago through extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out.
The SV produces a power-to-weight ratio of 429 bhp per ton, included in the extensive list of standard equuipment were the LP 640’s optional 15-inch carbon-ceramic disc brakes with 6 piston calipers. In its June 2009 issue, it’s been estimated that the LP 670–4 SV is capable of accelerating from 0- 62 mph from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds and on to 120 mph in 7.4 seconds and on to a top sped of 212 mph, this is a truly epic car.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV
We started with the car in the usual fashion, using the normal procedures to ensure that the car was completely free from any contaminants.
Sierra RS500 Cosworth
The RS500 Cosworth is a legendary car, it has a reputation for fearsome power and terrible turbo lag! the RS500 was produced between 1986 and 1992 producing somewhere between 204 and 220bhp in standard guise, in modified guise however considerably more with race spec cars producing some 400 bhp making them very successful on the British and world touring car scenes as well as the WRC and other motorsport arenas.
This particular example came to us as a potential show car, having been extensively modified, bigger turbo and upgraded fuel injection system, AP brakes and infinitely tuneable suspension setup, the car came to us in a nearly but not quite finished state, one of the major issues to overcome was the condition of the cars beautiful solid black paintwork, this area of the car it down somewhat, so along with all the other usual areas this was our first job to tackle.
We recently had the pleasure of having this Aston Martin DB5 detailed and finished with Swissvax Crystal Rock.
The beautiful Aston Martin DB5 finished in Silver Birch paintwork, was made famous as the car driven by James Bond and has to be one of the most iconic cars ever designed, this example was in with us for one of our full correction details with a view to returning the car back to showroom condition.
Rear light clusters getting a polish.
The car is fully de contaminated from the tyres upwards leaving no area of the car untouched, everything that can be removed is done so enabling us to get to as much of the cars paintwork as possible
The Porsche 997 Carrera S is a drivers car and this one has been owned, driven and loved since new by it’s owner. With 114,000 miles on the clock the owner decided his pride and joy could benefit from some love, and so it was booked in with us for a full Correction Detail. On first inspection we could see the car had suffered at the hands of time and use, the paintwork was badly swirled, the headlight and indicator lenses had become foggy and hazed, the brake callipers had become faded and all 4 wheels were in desperate need of a refurb. So we set about bringing the Carrera back to life!
After the car was washed and decontaminated in the usual way it was straight inside and onto the ramp, the wheels were removed and sent for a much needed refurb. Next we set to work on resurrecting the headlight and indicator lenses Rupes X-cut P1500 and P3000 abrasive pads were used to remove the fog and the lenses were left crystal clear like new.