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    Gene Jenkins



    Found this in the upholstry shop where my wife’s replica is getting some work done. It’s a 1953. It is pretty, even if it’s not fiberglass. He’d lose points at Pebble Beach because the radiator fins are painted the same as the body instead of the dash color. Owner said he knew what it should have been, he just didn’t like it that way. I guess if you’re going to spend that much on a restoration, you should be happy with the results.


    edward ericson


    Nice one. You can tell a ’53 ’cause the wiper motor is in the middle of the windshield and the tail lights are round.

    The red grill slats were common with red cars and may have been stock. Cars with bodies painted the other colors went with interior/dash grill slats pretty much exclusively. The chrome ones like ours were limited to MARK-IIs from the end of the run–late ’53s, from what I’ve read.

    Thanks for sharing. Though inferior to ours, that car looks like a very credible resto. A Lucas battery? Really?

    Court Wizard


    The head light supports are painted to match body??

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    Paul Mossberg


    Yep. The head light support color is original too. PMOSSBERG40278.0102546296

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