I started cleaning this car as a teenager in 1970. In 1983 i was able to purchase it and found that 2 cylinders were dead, timing chain was stretched and brakes boosters were non functional. I parked it and life got in the way. After 19 years of my own undiscovered barn find, I sent it to Kevin Kay Restorations. I wanted to keep it as close to the build sheet as possible and Kevin allowed me that luxury. No 4.2 upgrade or Harvey Bailey suspension for me. I just wanted to experience it as if I had walked into a dealership and drove it away as new. The color is Fiesta Red, one of only 42 to leave Newport Pagnell in this livery. Of those, 14 have been verified color changed. As it is an Italian designed body, Fiesta red brings out the flowing lines. We live about 35 miles north of Monterey and I regularly drive it to Car Week events and have been blessed to win honors at several local shows. It's been 15 years since the restoration was completed. I have enjoyed it for several thousand miles and several million smiles.
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Being a car nut and starving young adult seemed to go hand in hand.In 1975 I discovered that by arriving at Pebble Beach at 5AM no one asked for a ticket or credentials. We could walk about freely and shoot rolls of film without people blocking our viewfinder. You could also follow a car from the registration point to it's place on the lawn and listen to it's motor and driveline. I did this for over 10 years until too many other people caught on, and I could afford a ticket. But it was well worth the early rise and 2 hour drive for this starving young car nut!
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