Classics fight for

honours at NEC show

Sunbeam Stiletto
Jaguar E-Type
Fiat 500F
MGA

A 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto with a race-prepared Ford engine where the back seats used to sit is one of 20 cars fighting for honours at a classic motor show.

The Stiletto, now finished in Audi red paint belongs to former racer Ian Thompson, hoping to take the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership title.

He is up against 19 other cars in the classic show at the NEC, Birmingham from November 10-12, including a tiny 1967 Fiat 500F.

Current owner Stefan Graichen found the car on eBay three years ago.

It had been off the road since about 1972 and basically needed ‘everything' from new wings and bonnet, to doors while the engine needed replacing and the seats, windscreen and other details were missing. It's now regularly used on the roads.

Another fresh restoration is Ronald Parry's 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe. Ronald has a long-term interest in cars of the 1960s. "I was a panel beater after I left school and I was fascinated by the iconic vehicles from that era," he said.

He came across his Jaguar three years ago when he was attending the Goodwood Revival. "It dated from 1964, just like I do, so it seemed pre-ordained that I should own it!" he adds. After two years of hard graft, the E-Type is now immaculate and ready for the final.

The MGA is regarded around the world as one of the finest sports cars to wear the famous Octagon badge and Dominic Taylor-Lane's 1959 1600 Mk1 is especially noteworthy as the body has been altered to resemble the famous works racers of the 1950s.

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