Rolls-Royce restoration rolls on!

Practical Classics | Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 | NEC | Rolls-Royce restoration rolls on!

You’ll always expect to see spectacular cars at the show and there’s one in particular that must catch your eye.

After a lengthy career from being an apprentice at Rolls-Royce, joining the RAF and lecturing Mechanical Engineering, the late Michael Forrest decided there was a 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 shaped hole in his life.

With his engineering background, Michael had been working on this car for the past 35 years, but despite the time and the meticulous efforts that he had put in, the near century old classic isn’t quite finished.

After Michael’s passing, in 2018, the Rolls-Royce (chassis number 37LC), which was once owned and used in Paris in the latter half of the 1920s by the future King Mohamed V of Morocco, arrived at the headquarters of The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation in Paulerspury, near Towcester on Thursday, 24th January 2019.

It is of course aesthetically pleasing but there’s still plenty to be done under the bonnet. The engine is installed and seat frames are in place, but there is no trim; the hood frame is not complete, the pistons and conrods need to be fitted and the whole thing securely bolted together.

Thankfully, not only will the next restorer, receive an extremely rare piece of motoring history, they will also obtain a large number of components including, a full set of instrumentation, lights and spare mechanical components, all carefully labelled.

The car is currently on display at the Hunt House, it will be offered for sale by informal tender in early June when the successful bidder will be able to complete this exciting and rewarding project.

To witness the work being continued, visit the RREC stand (3-175).