You might have seen many restored Ferraris and you might have heard about the restoration facility as well. But do you know what goes on behind the scenes; who is responsible for managing all the operations and how exactly an aging model is restored? We went to the restoration facility in Berkshire to learn more about this.
You might think a restoration process is straightforward and the main skill required is a prime commodity and after that, it’s fairly simple. You just have to take parts from the old vehicle and then renew and repaint them, and then sell the restored vehicle for a higher price. It appears to be a very simple concept, doesn’t it?
If you too believe this is how things work in a restoration facility you should get up and go to GTO Engineering in Berkshire and learn about the reality. This is the facility in which Ferrari restoration work is done and the standard it has set is very high. The moment you engage in a conversation with him about his business and he starts talking, you will get to know how little knowledge you have about the whole concept.
The first thing is that only a few old Ferraris are left that need to be restored. And if you look for the Colombo-engined V12 model, they are in even fewer numbers. These are the vehicles that Lyon specializes in. The second thing is the owners of such vehicles do not use them very often, so you know they are high-valued and it’s very important to keep their mileage down.
The third thing is that even if you find a dream model, the rebuilder is very unlikely to find the engine, gearbox, and other parts that are required. He might not be able to source the right oil tank or radiator. It’s also possible that they might not even be skilled enough to work on an old Ferrari and restore it.
Lyon got out of Technical College four decades ago and since then he has learned a lot. Initially, he worked as a car technician in a workshop in London, and soon he was running that place.