Classic Car & Restoration Show Birmingham NEC 2024 – Report

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It’s always a pleasure to attend this annual event. Everyone you meet is friendly and courteous, the people on the various stands are keen to tell you about their cars. In this way you learn things that you never knew before about certain marques.

One of the most interesting (unique?) features of the Classic & Restoration is the Footman James’s Barn Finds section. This year there were several cars in this area that grabbed my attention but if I had to name just two they would be, the SS 2 Coupe and the Cadillac “Flower Car”, see photos of both under the ‘Barn Finds’ heading below.

As always, my aim was to seek out the rarest of cars and or cars that I hadn’t seen before. Here are the ones that caught my eye, arranged alphabetically –

2018 Ariel Atom
2018 Ariel Atom

2018 Ariel Atom. Rear.

1950s Allard P2 Special Coupe
1950s Allard P2 Special Coupe

1950s Allard P2 Special Coupe. Rear.

Allard Special by Performance Cars based on a P2 chassis.
Allard Special by Performance Cars based on a P2 chassis.

Allard Special by Performance Cars based on a P2 chassis. Rear.

1978 Aston Martin V8
1978 Aston Martin V8

1978 Aston Martin V8. Rear.

Austin A30 modified for Special Historic Saloon car racing.
Austin A30 modified for Special Historic Saloon car racing.

Austin A30 modified for Special Historic Saloon car racing. Engine bay. Austin A30 modified for Special Historic Saloon car racing. Rear.

Austin Healey 3000 Mk. III with front wing air vents.
Austin Healey 3000 Mk. III with front wing air vents. This car was lined up for the ‘Sporting Bears’ charity ‘Dream Rides’ experience.
AMF Stage One Body Shell for Austin Healey Sprites 1958 - 1964.
AMF Stage One Body Shell for Austin Healey Sprites 1958 – 1964. This was being displayed on the Austin Healey Club stand.
Austin Healey Sprite Mk. I
Austin Healey Sprite Mk. I
Gordon Keeble
Gordon Keeble

Gordon Keeble. Rear.

Note: The following two Healey cars were being exhibited on the Auto Anonymous stand.

1946 Healey Elliot Prototype A1502.
1946 Healey Elliot Prototype A1502. This car is in the process of being reconstructed by Warren Kennedy’s Classic Restorations company.

1946 Healey Elliot Prototype A1502. Interior. 1946 Healey Elliot Prototype A1502. Rear.

Ford Healey Fiesta (USA Spec.)
Ford Healey Fiesta (USA Spec.). See full description below last photo.

Ford Healey Fiesta (USA Spec.). Engine bay.

Ford Healey Fiesta (USA Spec.). Rear. Ford Healey Fiesta description.

Hillman Imp in rally trim.
Hillman Imp in rally trim.
1952 Jowett Bradford Utility
1952 Jowett Bradford Utility.

1952 Jowett Bradford Utility. Rear.

Marcos GT.
Marcos GT.

Marcos GT. Rear.

c.1988 Marcos Mantula Coupe
c.1988 Marcos Mantula Coupe

Mini Customised
Mini Customised
Mitsubishi FTO
Mitsubishi FTO

Mitsubishi FTO. Rear.

1952 Morgan Plus Four.
1952 Morgan Plus Four.

1952 Morgan Plus Four. Rear.

1964 Morgan Pus 4 Plus.
1964 Morgan Pus 4 Plus. This car was displayed on the FHVC stand.

1964 Morgan Pus 4 Plus. Rear.

Morgan Plus 4
Morgan Plus 4. This car was lined up for the ‘Sporting Bears’ charity ‘Dream Rides’ experience.
Peugeot 205 GTi with Dimmer body kit
Peugeot 205 GTi with Dimmer body kit.
Porsche 356.
Porsche 356.

Porsche 356. Rear.

1968 Renault 10
1968 Renault 10

1968 Renault 10. Rear.

1934 Rolls Royce 20 -25 Landaulette
1934 Rolls Royce 20 -25 Landaulette

1934 Rolls Royce 20 -25 Landaulette. Rear.

1939 Rover 20 Salmons Tickford DHC.
1939 Rover 20 Salmons Tickford DHC.

1939 Rover 20 Salmons Tickford DHC Rear.

Shelby Cobra
Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra. Rear.

1975 Simca 1000 GLS.
1975 Simca 1000 GLS.

1975 Simca 1000 GLS. Rear.

1950s Standard 8 four door saloon.
1950s Standard 8 four door saloon.
Westfield SE
Westfield SE

Footman James ‘Barn Finds’

1952 Morris Minor
1952 Morris Minor
1934 Swallow SS2 Coupe.
1934 Swallow SS2 Coupe.

1934 Swallow SS2 Coupe. 1934 Swallow SS2 Coupe. Rear.

1950 Cadillac 'Flower Car'
1950 Cadillac ‘Flower Car’

1950 Cadillac 'Flower Car'. Rear.

1954 Lanchester 14.
1954 Lanchester 14.

1954 Lanchester 14. Rear.

1978 Chrysler 180.
1978 Chrysler 180.

1978 Chrysler 180. Rear.

Lancaster ‘Pride of Ownership’ 

My two favourites –

MG XPower SV
MG XPower SV

MG XPower SV. Rear.

1961 TVR Grantura Mk. 2A
1961 TVR Grantura Mk. 2A

1961 TVR Grantura Mk. 2A. Engine bay. 1961 TVR Grantura Mk. 2A. Rear.

CLUBS One of the other major features of this show is the large number of Car and Car & Bike Club stands. Here are just a few of them –

Austin Healey Club Stand

Hillman Owners Club Stand

The Imp Club Stand

The Jensen Owners Club Stand

Midget & Sprite Club Stand

Morgan Sports Car Club

Sunbeam Owners Club Stand

The West Midlands Allsorts Club Stand The West Midlands Allsorts Club Stand - Mr. Bassett

Historic Marathon Rally Group

1968 Austin 1800 ('Landcrab') 1968 London to Sydney and 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally BMC Team car.
1968 Austin 1800 (‘Landcrab’) 1968 London to Sydney and 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally BMC Team car.

 

That’s all folks!

Nick

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