For the first time ever in the UK eight apprentices have been given the chance to restore a classic car from start to finish. The apprentices, who are all serving their time at CMC, will restore this 1955 Lancia Aurelia, learning all the skills necessary to keep classic vehicles on the road.
The Lancia so far has been stripped completely to its bare shell, and soda blasted. This allows paintwork and base coats of paint to be removed leaving the metal free to be investigated to see the full damage of oxidisation. Due to the high amount of rust within the structural metal work, the vehicle will have to be split into sections to fully remove the rust which has attacked the metal work over the years.
There is still a lot of work to be carried out during its period of restoration to bring it back to the original condition.
Sam Gould, Trim Apprentice, said: “Working with such skilled technicians that are always there to help is a really good way to expand my skills within the department. The amount of support I have had has really let me excel in my area.”
This project is perfect for our apprentices to work on and really show the skills that they have learnt throughout their apprenticeship here at Classic Motor Cars.
Restoring the Lancia's clocks. The one on the right has been restored by a CMC apprentice, the other one hasn't been touched yet.