It's really hard to beat the interior of a british car from the 1960's. They combine the precision instruments of an aircraft, with the leather and wood of an antique boat, or maybe even a cozy paneled study. Whatever your metaphor I think they're amazing. Here is another peek at the AC coupe and the inside of a customer's Jaguar E Type.
This just rolled into the shop recently. A 1960 AC Aceca Bristol coupe. It has a beautiful light body, with a Bristol six cyclinder engine, fed by three downdraft Solex carbs. What not everyone knows is that it was the AC chassis that Carol Shelby put a Ford 289 into to create the Cobra. With its aircraft heritage and BMW inspired design many purists think the light chassis and sophisticated engine was prettier and more satisfying than the brutal cobra. To each his own.
This car has a couple of very low compression cylinders, so its off with the head and into the bottom end of the engine to see what's wrong. Might need to make a few calls to the UK depending on what we find.
Its sort of a new trend, that vintage car owners want to preserve rather than restore their cars. The feeling is you keep the running gear perfect, but you work hard to preserve the patina, scars, history of the car. Its sort of like aging gracefully I guess... no plastic surgery. This particular car is in this state, with its years of use there for all to see, but the top end of the motor finally needed attention. The six cylinder Jaguar engine in these cars is a low stress, very durable unit and the bottom end will go on for every... so we are redoing the top (the cylinder head) and it should give thousands of miles of good service.