The next generation of old car lovers! New in the shop is a 1952 Jaguar MK VII for a full mechanical refresh prior to entry in the 2016 Great Race. The entire drive train has been removed and the engine is being rebuilt. We plan to upgrade with disc brakes and a five speed gearbox! The clock is ticking as we hope to have the car assembled ready for the road in April... Stay tuned for more details!
(Read about) Jan's love of vintage cars and his plan for the 2016 Great Race.
Our annual tradition of the "Before We Put em Away Run" was again a fantastic success! On Sunday morning, November 22 a beautiful day helped turn out nearly 50 cars at Ragtops Roadsters. This year we presented a check for the funds raised by the 2015 America's British Reliability Run benefiting St. Christopher's Hospital to Dr. Spear. Some of the entrants from the 32 teams that competed in the ABRR joined in the presentation. We also unveiled a new project here at the shop, a 1958 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta. After a shop tour, coffee, tea and scones we started the run that consisted of about 40 cars. A rather spirited drive on the twisty roads of Bucks and Montgomery County left some participants smiling when arrived at our sister shop Pollock Auto Restoration just before noon. There, everyone was treated to a buffet lunch and again a tour of the projects underway at Pollock Auto Restoration. We hope to see you again next year!
By Bob De Lucia & Dave Hutchison
Photos by Charlie Frick, Motorcar Studios and ABRR photographers.
On a quiet cul-de-sac in the sleepy hollow of Quakertown, a “British Invasion” was about to disturb the bucolic neighborhood. Thirty-two “Teams” were descending on the area on a beautiful, sunny, and brisk October Friday morning. (read about it here)
Visit the Keno Brothers website to view a Ferrari to be auctioned at their first automobile auction "Rolling Sculpture" in New York City on November 19th.
This fine automobile is a racing veteran owned by a Ragtops & Roadsters client.
by Al MacIlroy
My TR4's name is Mergatroid, Merg for short. I am not sure of the circumstances of the naming as I look back. I remember it as from a poem “Mehitable and the Cockroach” that I seem to remember from high school or was it from Red Skelton’s exclaiming “Heavens to Mergatroid.” According to Merg’s birth certificate, obtained from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, she rolled off the assembly-line December 23, 1963 in England. Her “official name:” STC64-CT28591L. She boarded a ship in England and was off-loaded in San Francisco. I purchased her on tax day, April 15, 1964. (Here is her story)
Saturday May 30th Cars and Motorcycles of England returns to the historic Oakbourne Mansion again in 2015, featuring an all-British marque judged motorcar and motorcycle concours, and a nationally sanctioned Jaguar Concours d'Elegance. The combined show fields represent one of the largest British Motoring shows on the East Coast with over 250 cars and motorcycles participating in each of the last four years. More information.
by Bob De Lucia and Dave Hutchison
A large group of classic car devotees hit the road and headed south either by plane, car, or truck and car-carrier trailer. On the Tuesday before the weekend show, a caravan of two trucks with car trailers left the area bound for Amelia. In an enclosed trailer, was the soon-to-be-revealed, 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 Vignale #122, recently restored by Ragtops and Roadsters & Pollock Auto Restoration (Read More About 2105 Amelia Island Concours...)
After nearly two years of work by our restoration teams at both Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration, we are very proud to report that Robin and Alan Anspaugh's Triumph Italia 2000 GT has won an Amelia Award at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. Congratulations to both Alan and Robin and all of our crew that worked so hard to restore this special car to the finest standards which lead to an award winning debut!
Stay tuned for the full story of Triumph Italia 2000 GT soon!
This year's DVT (Delaware Valley Triumphs) Fall Getaway on October 24th, 25th & 26th, proved to be another wonderful weather weekend for both driving and sight seeing. Our destination this year was the “Museum at Bethel Woods”, site of the original Woodstock Festival, (aka “an Aquarian Exposition”, originally billed as “3 Days of Peace & Music”) which took place in August of 1969. Read the full story.
This is the very beginning of what will be a 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale number 122. This car is one of about a hundred cars that survived from the 329 total built between 1959 and 1962. The familiar looking frame and all running gear is Triumph TR3A. The hand-built body is at our sister shop, Pollock Auto Restoration being prepared to be finished beautiful silver that will show off the lines of this handsome car. Stay tuned for more updates as we make progress! See more progess on the Works in Progress page.
The car runs like it just came off the boat! Saturday afternoon, took the car for a spin. Car started on the first try. She purrs like a real Jaguar! It is nice to hop in the car without having to tinker with the engine to get it started. My dad would be very happy with that as well. His friend had to tinker with the car for almost five hours to get it running back in September of 2011. This was my dad's last time he took the car for a ride to the office. When Butch got the car to start, my dad lit up with joy and all the problems with his stage four cancer disappeared. Wahoo he said as they took off onto the road. Nothing better than a ride in an E-type. Had lots of people stare at the car on the way home on the turnpike. Fun car… I plan to make more improvements to the car with the guidance of Ragtops and Roadsters. This has been a great customer experience. Found a team that I can trust 100% to keep my dad's treasure alive and purring like a real cat. Thanks for all that you have done for the Polis family, Bill, Mary Anne, Alexis Polis
Ragtops and Roadsters is looking for your used MGA windscreen frames. Contact Barb at 610-323-7108 or email@example.com with any information.
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