Twin Cam restoration projects

Stabilimenti Farina: after 5 rather unique classic cars in a row, now a 6-th one-off pearl in our classic car workshop! A little bit by coincidence, our classic car workshop has become a specialist in unique classics coach built by Stabilimenti Farina. This Torinese coachbuilder was founded in 1906 by Giovanni, the eldest of the Farina family together with his brothers Carlo and Battista "Pinin". Characteristic for the Farina production are:

  • the sober interpretations of luxury,
  • inspired by serial production, after visits of both Giovanni and "Pinin" to the USA, the application of innovative techniques and
  • the great creativity thanks to figures such as "Pinin", Pietro Frua and Giovanni Michelotti.
Here are a few exclusive examples which "passed through our hands" or were completely restored by us:

1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Convertible by Stabilimenti Farina

This photograph, taken in front of our classic car garage just before participating at a RIAR Raduno which took place that year in Belgium and Holland, illustrates very well a period during which we were heavily involved in the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport and SuperSport model.
The beige coloured Sport is by Pininfarina, the elegant dark blue SuperSport is one of the 12 very chic Villa D'Este models coach built by Touring.

At the time this photo was taken, we just sold the one-off Farina bodied light metallic grey 2500SS to a Polish customer. This, we better shouldn't have done, because just a couple of years later in 2016 this same car obtained a record price of 1,012,000 USD at the Scottsdale Gooding &Co auction...!

1948 Lancia Aprilia Farina Convertibile

This one family owned from new Lancia Aprilia Convertibile was certainly a very exciting find when we discovered the totally dismantled wreck in the garage of the original owner in Piacenza.
This Lancia Aprilia was a styling exercise by Farina and exhibited at the 1-st after-war Torino Motorshow in 1948.

We were very lucky that we could still consult members of the family that could pass-on a nice photo documentation on which we could take quite some information during the restoration.
After the restoration, this Lancia Aprilia was very much admired and obtained the 1-st prize at the 2016 Essen Techno Classica FIVA Concours d'Elegance and was also prized at the 2016 Zoute Concours d'Elegance.

1952 Cisitalia 202 SC Farina Convertibile

This is one of the small series of 60 convertibles produced by Farina based on the for its time very innovative styled 202 Coupé by Pinin Farina of which in 1951, an example already became part of the permanent MOMA collection in New York.
We fully prepared this Cisitalia for one of our customers in the USA who in recent years participated successfully with this elegant convertible several times at the Mille Miglia.



1952 Siata Daina Farina Trasformabile

One of the apparently only 7 remaining convertibles in the Daina range produced by Siata.
Obtained the highest "Targa D'Oro" qualification from ASI and another quality label from Fiat Registro for the very accurate restoration. In my description from a couple of years ago, I mention that driving this Siata gave me the sensation as if I was in some sort of Italian dolce vita heaven...
Sold to one of our many Californian customers.



1953 Alfa Romeo 1900L Convertible by Stabilimenti Farina

When I discovered the wreck of this rare (only 48 examples produced) Alfa Romeo Convertible coach built in 1953 by Stabilimenti Farina my hands instantly started itching!
We were lucky that one of our loyal German customers also saw almost immediately the huge potential and asked us to start the restoration for him.
Three years and many hours later this Alfa Romeo Convertible has found back the elegance of her youth respecting the cars' originality in every detail. Very handy in this lengthy restoration process was the expert advice from the head of the technical committee of the RIAR, for which we thank him very much.
Logic that this Alfa Romeo attracted many admirers at the 2019 Zoute Concours d'Elegance!

And now our next restoration project and cherry on this Farina cake:
our one-off 1952 Jaguar XK120 "Flying Jaguar" coach built by Stabilimenti Farina

As could be expected, most of the Torinese Stabilimenti Farina's coachbuilding was executed on cars manufactured in Italy. Mrs Joska Bourgeois, Jaguar importer for Belgium, was one of these visionary persons who in the early fifties saw a commercial potential by combining the creativity of the Italian coachbuilding with the tradition of the British sportscar production.

In 1951 Mrs Bourgeois convinced Jaguar boss William Lyons to sell her a brand new rolling Jaguar XK120 chassis which she sent immediately to Stabilimenti Farina in Torino - Italy.

When exhibiting this finished "Flying Jaguar" at the Brussels Motorshow in 1952, this unique, very modern styled Farina bodied Jaguar XK120 caused great sensation. Not surprising this exceptional Jaguar was sold during the motorshow to a Belgian enthusiast. During the next decades this Flying Jaguar became a regular sight on the Brussels boulevards.

Afterwards, this XK120 was treasured during more than 35 years by a classic Jaguar connoisseur from the North of France.

Today we are very proud we had the chance to place this unique Jaguar into the hands of one of our long term customers who has built-up over the years an exceptional classic Jaguar collection. The more, trusting on our acquired expertise with Stabilimenti Farina coachbuilding, our French customer has asked us to take care of the restoration of this "Italian styled" XK120, which, once again, makes our hands itching...!

Marreyt-Classics - Twin Cam
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