Restoration Shop Tour

Restoration Shop Tour

A group of us recently had a tour of a sweet restoration shop in Connecticut, Automotive Restorations Inc (ARI).  ARI is well known for their engine and component work on quality vintage cars.

The shop is divided into departments; mechanical, metal and fabrication, paint and finish, upholstery, and wood and coach trim. They offer vintage race services (track support) so a driver can arrive and drive at the track like the pros do.  ARI also provides collector car services for the concourse inclined clientele, which might include finding the right car, getting it sorted correctly, and assisting in bringing it to and presenting at various shows.

ARI had a variety of interesting projects in the works, notably an unrestored Pegaso soon to begin a refurb. They had recently finished a Pegaso for the same owner. Both cars were at the Amelia Island Concours in March 2016 for the Pegaso reunion. One does not see Pegasos every day, never mind two. Nor the two fabulous Cisitalias on the floor.

Let’s take a look at what was in ARI’s restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

pegaso - restoration shop

Unrestored 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Coupe Saoutchik Berlinetta Prototype

 

red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

interior red pegaso - restoration shop

interior red pegaso - restoration shop

interior red pegaso - restoration shop

interior red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

red pegaso - restoration shop

red 1958 pegaso - restoration shop

A fully restored 1958 Pegaso Z-102 B (103) Coupe #0112

Read more about this car’s journey at Pegaso 102B

bugatti - restoration shop

bugatti - restoration shop

bugatti - restoration shop

bugatti - restoration shop

Bugatti Type: 49 Chassis No: 49534, Coachwork: Henri Labourdette

 

verde 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS - restoration shop

verde 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS - restoration shop

verde 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS - restoration shop

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS in verde

 

silver BMW 3.0 CSI - restoration shop

silver BMW 3.0 CSI - restoration shop

silver BMW 3.0 CSI - restoration shop

BMW 3.0 CSI

 

gold Mercedes Benz 250 SE - restoration shop

Mercedes Benz 250 SE

 

mint 1961 Mercedes Benz 190SL - restoration shop

1961 Mercedes Benz 190 SL

 

white BMW 2002 Turbo restoration shop

BMW 2002 Turbo

 

white BMW 2800 CS - restoration shop

white BMW 2800 CS - restoration shop

BMW 2800 CS

 

green Toyota Land Cruiser - restoration shop

green Toyota Land Cruiser - restoration shop

Toyota Land Cruiser

 

mint cisitalia - restoration shop

mint cisitalia - restoration shop

mint cisitalia - restoration shop

mint 1951 Cisitalia 202SC Pinninfarina Spyer - restoration shop

One of two rare Cisitalias in the shop; 1951 Cisitalia 202SC Pinninfarina Spyer

 

red 1947 Cisitalia 202 - restoration shop

red 1947 Cisitalia 202 - restoration shop

1947 Cisitalia 202. It is equipped with Boranni wire wheels unlike most of the 202 series cars Vignale bodied for Cisitalia. A very clean look, it never had bumpers

 

black 1923 Rolls Royce Riviera Town Car - restoration shop

1923 Rolls Royce Riviera Town Car

 

white Alfa Romeo 2600 - restoration shop

Alfa Romeo 2600

 

silver 1964 Ferrari 330 Gt 2+2 - restoration shop

1964 Ferrari 330 Gt 2+2 - restoration shop

1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 sn# 6405

 

white 1967 Eldorado Fleetwood Convertible Cadillac

interior white 1967 Eldorado Fleetwood Convertible Cadillac

white 1967 Eldorado Fleetwood Convertible Cadillac

1967 Eldorado Fleetwood Convertible Cadillac with flashy interior

 

silver 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster - restoration shop

silver 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster - restoration shop

silver 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster - restoration shop

1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster; Class Award at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

 

mint volvo 1800s - restoration shop

mint volvo 1800s - restoration shop

Volvo 1800S

 

white ferrari dino 308 gt4 - restoration shop

white ferrari dino 308 gt4 - restoration shop

white ferrari dino 308 gt4 - restoration shop

Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 in white/white. The sheepskin seatcovers are a perfect accessory

 

white Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce - restoration shop

Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce

 

 

 

Alfa Romeo 1900 Super - restoration shop

Alfa Romeo 1900 Super in the race shop

 

green Lotus Elan S2 and a red 1966 NSU (Motorenwerke) Spider - restoration shop

Also in the race shop; a Lotus Elan S2 and a 1966 NSU (Motorenwerke) Spider

 

Ferrari 250 GT/E - restoration shop

Ferrari 250 GT/E

rust Ferrari 250 GT/E -restoration shop

rust Ferrari 250 GT/E -restoration shop

Yikes

Ferrari 250 GT/E - restoration shop

Ferrari 250 GT/E - restoration shop

red Ferrari 250 GT/E - restoration shop

Ferrari 250 GT/E in the back of the shop

 

white Porsche 356 - restoration shop

Porsche 356

 

project car -restoration shop

project car - restoration shop

Project

 

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The Auto Blonde is an enthusiast who attends and participates in many car events. She welcomes you to ride shotgun. All pictures and posts are hers unless otherwise noted.
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