On the 29th of January, 2013, the 127th birthday of the automobile, the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) introduced important guidelines for owners of historical vehicles. The Turin Charter, presented at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany, provides guidance on questions of authenticity.
FIVA’s Turin Charter underlines the significance of the automobile in terms of cultural heritage and addresses questions of authenticity – an important issue for all owners of classic automobiles. It sets out the case for a responsible approach to dealing with classic vehicles and provides guidance about their use, upkeep, repair and restoration.
The Charter was presented at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, exactly 127 years after Carl Benz registered his patent at the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin. The corresponding policy paper had previously been approved by delegates at the General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens in October 2012.
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In 2016, we were requested to complete a cosmetic restoration on a Shadow II that had been standing in a collection for a number of years.The brief was - colour change on exterior, restore interior with grey leather and red carpeting with grey piping. Along with the colour change of the interior, the roof lining also had to be replaced with grey leather. Furthermore, the woodwork was restored to a brilliant colour and quality.
As with all restorations, the colour choices and cosmetic treatments are to the clients' specifications. The standard rims and ventilated hubcaps were replaced with a later style wheel.
The result, as you can see from the photographs, is a shinning light blue metallic Shadow II that is now back with the owners. An incredible amount of time (and money) went into this restoration, but the end result was more than beautiful on completion.
Another revival of a classic that we can be proud of!
A beautiful Aston Martin V8 that we restored for a client. This 1979 model was referred to as the Series 4 or the "Oscar India". The "Oscar India" specification was introduced in October 1978. Visually, the former scoop on the bonnet gave way to a closed "power bulge" while a spoiler was integrated into the tail. Just 352 Oscar India models were built from 1978 through 1985.
After many years of enjoyment and ownership, Mr. Carel Smit decided it was time to restore his much loved 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche fixed head coupe. A man of uncompromising detail, this project had to be completed to what was in his minds eye. Having selected a beautiful colour for the exterior and interior, a top quality carpet for the interior and boot, it was all systems go. A long, and sometimes arduous journey lay ahead.
As a company, we realized that to reach Mr. Smit's expectations and more, we would have to manage the process to ensure a very high standard of quality. This we managed and much to Mr.Smit's delight, the car he spent so much time and effort to get to his requirements, won it's class in the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Owners Club concourse.
Have a look at the photographs and see the final gorgeous result that has everyone in rapture. Enjoy, and let us do the same for you.
Springfield-built 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, Best of Show at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. Photo by David Droschak.
In December of 1924, a young but already wealthy Howard Hughes ordered a 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster from a dealer in New York City, paying a reported $13,450 for the luxury automobile. Later, this car would spend over 40 years in a Florida barn before being discovered by current owner Guy Lewis of Pinecrest, Florida, in 2014. Fresh from a multi-year restoration completed in February 2017, this Springfield-built Rolls-Royce earned Best of Show honors at the recent Pinehurst Concours d’Elega [...]
PL Motors is very proud to announce the inclusion of the Castrol Classic Range to the business. We have been awarded the right to use and distribute the range of products recently made available in South Africa by Castrol Classic.
For many years now there has been a void in the availability of the correctly formulated oil with correct viscosities for our classic cars as was originally developed and recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.
As technology has advance, we have been forced to use the lubrications that have been developed for the modern engines manufactured. These have different temperature and pressure values to what is required by our beloved classic cars. The oil galleries are also narrower and hence the oils have become thinner. Our beloved classics still need the original specification oils [...]
Taken from the SAVVA website, this helps all collectible car owners to classify their vehicles correctly. Antique, Vintage and Classic cars have subtle but important differences, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
Class A Ancestor – Built prior to December 31, 1904
Class B Veteran – Built between January 1905 & December 31, 1918 Generally the above classes are rallied together under the banner of Veteran
Class C Vintage – Built between January 1919 & December 31, 1930
Class D Post Vintage – Built between January 1931 & December 31, 1945
Class E Post War – Built between January 1946 & December 31, 1960
Class F Post 60 Built between January 1961 & December 31, 1970