Classics normally hidden from view will be unearthed for the first time in years and displayed at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show on March 18-20
Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with discovery+, the Carole Nash Barn Find display is one of the event’s highlights and always showcases a fantastic mix of vehicles.
One entry sure to turn heads is a Mk3 Ford Cortina 1600, which was commissioned to resemble a GT but with a crossflow engine and a bench seat. Saved from being scrapped and last on the road in 1986, it was shipped in from British Guyana just a few weeks ago and is now in the hands of Mk3 Cortina specialist Pete Crompton from Cortina City.
It won’t be the only Ford though, as Mark Pinnigar’s bold 1972 Mk1 Escort Mexico – finished in Le Mans Green – is being hauled out of the garage after more than 20 years in storage. Mark attempted to start the restoration in 2000 but a house move and a serious work injury saw the work put on hold for more than two decades.
Also featuring is a rare 1975 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT 1.8 shell that has been stored in a barn for over 30 years, and a 1960 Morris Mini van that was discovered in the back of a field in 2011 and has been awaiting restoration ever since. They’re joined by Martin Jewell’s 1954 VW Beetle, which had been in and out of storage since the 1970s and has since been recommissioned with its patina intact.
In all, the show organisers are hoping to have up to 20 vehicles in all states of repair on display, plus a special feature where visitors can see some of the cars that were previously displayed and have subsequently been restored.
Tickets for the event are now on sale. For more information and to book tickets, visit the show’s website here.